TOF Mass Spectrometers

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Why is it that time of flight mass spectrometers have basically an unlimited range of m/z values that they can analyze? I have looked, but can not find a definitive answer.
 

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Maybe this can be moved to a physics or engineering forum since it seems we don't have any analytical chemists?
 
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This looks suspiciously like homework. Maybe it is, and maybe it isn't. If it is, we do want to see you take a stab at it. If it isn't, I, at least, still want you to take a stab at it.

What are the relationships between mass and instrument output signals for TOF and other types of mass spectrometry?
 
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Homework no, curiosity yes. If this were homework it probably would have been overdue by now. What I do know about mass spec

-m/z range <2000 for quadrapole mass detector
-m/z range for quad. ion-trap is <6000

I know m/z for TOF can be calculated by t^2/(d^2/2Ve)
 
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Mass is proportional to "time of flight" squared. Compared to "mass is proportional to the inverse of the accelerating potential" for a Dempster type mass spec, do you see any advantages when you consider the resolutions and uncertainties in measurements of time and electric potential?
 
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Ah why didn't this hit me over the head before? You only have to measure the time it takes for a substance to travel a fixed distance with fixed potential. Then you can simply find m.

Dempster type mass spec

I am not familiar with this type of mass spec.

BTW, the reason I asked this question is because we have TOF mass specs at the pharm company where I work (I do medicinal chem). I just always wondered how they worked. I assume they use them to measure proteins etc. since they usually have large mws.
 
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"Dempster" is the beast that bends flight paths through a magnetic field.
 
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Why is it that time of flight mass spectrometers have basically an unlimited range of m/z values that they can analyze? I have looked, but can not find a definitive answer.
certainly not the best of the mass spectrometers in relevance to precision and accuracy;currently on a lab session based of TOF, it's not the most convenient instrument to use of the mass spectrometers.
 

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