Talk:Mass spectrometry

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Comment on new section called 'steps'[edit]

This new section is a major step backwards because it duplicates the sections lower down on parts of a mass spectrometer and hence just causes confusion. Also it erroneously implies that particles in a source are always atomic, and that they are always ionized using an electron gun. This is just as bad as an earlier introduction that implied particles are always molecular. This section should be deleted! Radiogenic (talk) 04:46, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

I agree with Radiogenic.Neuloja (talk) 11:53, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Agree and have removed the section. Vsmith (talk) 14:48, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Comment on new (intro) photo of mass spectrometer[edit]

This photo is not helpful in explaining mass spectrometry because it emphasizes a non-relevant aspect, ie the user/computer/lab, at the expense of the actual instrument. It should be replaced with a photo that shows the core aspect of a mass spectrometer, which is the part that creates a spectrum of masses. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Radiogenic (talkcontribs) 05:20, 11 May 2014 (UTC)


Mass spectrometers can be used to (slowly) filter out isotopes within a substance. This has been used by researchers of quantum computing to generate pure Silicon-28, which is needed to insulate a single Phosphorus atom from the rest of the equipment; This is one of the possible solutions to the problem of actually constructing a qubit. This method of generating Silicon-28 is a very cheap alternative to the other method; Quantum computing researchers would've found getting silicon-28 to be prohibitively expensive had it not been for the Avogadro project coincidentally also needing Silicon-28. [1] 0xFFF1 (talk) 07:31, 26 October 2016 (UTC)