Busy week learning to use the new ICPMS. Pretty flippin’ amazing instrument. Reaffirms my admiration for Bill and Dave. A lot of nuances and software to learn, but do-able.  Agricola and Biringuccio could’ve used one of these. Of course, they’d have needed 208 VAC single phase power …

Interesting approach to polyatomic ion interferences- run the beam through a He chamber to slow down the large cross section ions and use the octopole to steer the beam into the off-axis chamber exit and into the quadrupole mass filter. Clever monkeys.

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