Cryogenic detectors directly measure the impact energy of any impinging particle independent of its velocity. Thus, a very high, mass-independent, detection efficiency is expected from their application in time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The cryogenic detector applied here is based on a superconducting phase-transition thermometer and was implemented in a dual reflector time-of-flight mass spectrometer (N-geometry). A dilution series, using standard sample preparation procedures, shows that the detection limit for insulin (Mr: 5734) can be decreased by several orders of magnitude, down to 0.5 amol on the MALDI target. Detection limits for rhM-CSF β (Mr: 49,032) and for polyclonal IgG (Mr: ca 150,000) in the high femtomole and low picomole range, respectively, were established.
- Cryogenic detector
- Detection limit
- Time-of-flight mass spectrometry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics