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Scientist injecting a sample into a Mass Spectrometer, an instrument used for protein analysis. Mass spectrometers are used to identify chemical compounds by exploiting the behaviour of their molecular ions in magnetic & electric fields. Samples in liquid form are injected into the machine at right. Inside, the substance is ionised by bombardment from high- energy electrons. Variable electric and magnetic fields are used to accelerate & deflect the ions towards a detector.
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