Editor's Note: This is the second of several ‘Tutorial’ articles-which will appear this year in the Special Features section of the journal. These tutorials will describe fundamental aspects and applications of mass spectrometry with the general reader, not the author's peer group, in mind. The aim will be to cover some specific areas of mass spectrometry in a manner in which a teacher might might present the subject in a graduate level course. Although these articles are normally invited, comments and suggestions from readers are welcome. Please address these to the Special Features Coordinator; Graham Cooks, Dept of Chemistry, Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN, USA, 47907. Further, as a special offer to readers, copies of the figures of this ‘Tutorial’ article, as color slides, are available free of charge on request from the editor-in-chief's office. Supplies are limited and slides will be sent out in the order requests are received.
Special feature: Tutorial. Translational energy spectrocopy†
Article first published online: 14 APR 2005
Copyright © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 657–665, May 1995
How to Cite
Brenton, A. G. (1995), Special feature: Tutorial. Translational energy spectrocopy. J. Mass Spectrom., 30: 657–665. doi: 10.1002/jms.1190300502
- Issue published online: 14 APR 2005
- Article first published online: 14 APR 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 MAR 1995
The technique of translational energy spectroscopy (TES) is described, whereby a collision of a fast ion (a few keV in energy) with a neutral target gas can reveal spectroscopic information on the states of the participating species. Information on the dynamics of the collision, lifetimes of species, collision cross-sections and populations of states can be revealed. Classification of collisional processes amenable to TES are given together with simple aspects of relevant collision theory, an appraisal of quantum selection rules for collisions, a description of typical high resolution instrumentation and two simple examples of TES experiments.