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Implementation of a Gaussian beam laser and aspheric optics for high spatial resolution MALDI imaging MS.


Zavalin| Yang| Haase| Holle| Caprioli A| J| A| A| R , . Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. 2014 6 ; 25(6). 1079-82


We have investigated the use of a Gaussian beam laser for MALDI Imaging Mass Spectrometry to provide a precisely defined laser spot of 5 μm diameter on target using a commercial MALDI TOF instrument originally designed to produce a 20 μm diameter laser beam spot at its smallest setting. A Gaussian beam laser was installed in the instrument in combination with an aspheric focusing lens. This ion source produced sharp ion images at 5 μm spatial resolution with signals of high intensity as shown for images from thin tissue sections of mouse brain.


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