Bruker launches inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer
Feb 22, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
Bruker Corporation, a manufacturer of scientific instruments, has launched the aurora Elite, an ultra-sensitive inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer, or ICP-MS.
Complementing the now updated workhorse aurora M90 ICP-MS for routine laboratory analysis, the new aurora Elite sets unprecedented and truly exceptional standards for sensitivity and matrix robustness, even exceeding the performance of expensive magnetic sector field ICP-MS systems in many aspects, the company said.
The aurora Elite boasts a host of performance enhancements and new features, with 1.5 gigahertz per parts per million (1.5 GHz / ppm) sensitivity for precise and accurate quantification at single digit ppt levels and below, which makes the aurora Elite a sensitive ICP-MS instrument. This sensitivity makes it eminently suitable for the semiconductor, geochemistry, materials science and related applications. The lowest oxide ratios using its patented turner-interlaced coils ensures robust plasma conditions for complete matrix decomposition, all without the requirement of a plasma shield or guard electrode, the company added.
According to the company, the combination of the aurora Elite's high sensitivity with the all-digital detector delivers excellent results for isotope ratio determinations of low concentrations and for large ratios, and this is true for liquids and solids. The combination of the aurora Elite's GHz sensitivity with very short integration times makes this an ideal instrument for the analysis of nanoparticles at the smallest dimensions.
The incorporation of Collision Reaction Interface (CRI II) provides a solution for simple, maintenance-free interference challenges, with the convenience of either Helium- or Hydrogen mode, for improved detection limits of spectrally interfered isotopes and highest accuracy.
Dr Meike Hamester, Director ICP-MS Global Market Development and Product Management at Bruker's Chemical and Applied Markets (CAM) Division, commented: "The introduction of the most sensitive ICP-MS on the market provides an instrument that powers the business of quantification. Sensitivity is the key when low detection limits are the goal and the aurora Elite will be the enabler allowing trace elemental analysts to redefine their application boundaries."
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