Instrument - Harvard NH4+/H+ chemical ionization mass spectrometer

Short name:
modified PTR3

Full name:
Harvard NH4+/H+ chemical ionization mass spectrometer

What is being measured:
oxidized gas-phase organic species

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Instrument year :
None specified

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Raw data time resolution:
1 second

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Detection limit:
Variable (likely < 1 ppt for some compounds)

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Tubing material:
PFA Teflon

Chemical identification method:
Mass spectral peaks assigned based on best fit to high resolution mass data, taking into account possible molecular formulas based on precursor structure.

Data analysis method:
Data processed with PTRwid

Quantification method:
Quantification performed using voltage scanning and mixture of gases used for calibration, as described in Zaytsev et al., AMT, 2019

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Uncertainty estimation method:
Total uncertainty arises mainly from uncertainty associated with the sensitivity of the instrument to each ion. Sensitivity is highly variable depending on chemical structure. Voltage scanning is used to estimate sensitivity based on Zaytsev et al., AMT, 2019, but may be off by an order of magnitude in some cases. These errors likely cancel out to some degree when considering the total concentration of all species detected by the instrument, but concentrations for each ion are likely relatively uncertain. In rare cases, a compound may be directly calibrated using a standard calibration gas or a liquid calibration unit (Ionicon Analytik).

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