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1. US6894276 - Probing method using ion trap mass spectrometer and probing device

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Claims

1. A detecting method using an ion trap mass spectrometer, comprising:
a first analysis step of acquiring a mass spectrum;
a first decision step of deciding if ions of a first peculiar m/z are present;
a second analysis step of making tandem mass spectrometry according to the decision results from said first analysis step; and
a second decision step of deciding if ions of a second peculiar m/z are present according to said mass spectrum obtained by said tandem mass spectrometry.
2. A detecting method using an ion trap mass spectrometer, comprising:
a first analysis step of acquiring a mass spectrum;
a first decision step of deciding if ions of a first peculiar m/z are present;
a step of reading in analysis conditions from a database according to the decision results of said first decision step;
a second analysis step of making tandem mass spectrometry; and
a second decision step of deciding if ions of a second peculiar m/z exist.
3. A detecting method according to claim 1 or 2, further comprising an announcement step of issuing an alarm according to the decision results from said second decision step.
4. A detecting method according to claim 1, wherein said second analysis step has a trapping step of trapping said ions of said first peculiar m/z, a selection step of selecting ions of a particular m/z from said trapped ions, and an ejection step of ejecting said ions selected by said selection step.
5. A detecting method according to claim 3, further comprising a step of measuring a current value of said ions ejected in said ejection step.
6. A detecting method according to claim 1, wherein said second analysis step has a trapping step of trapping said ions of said first m/z, a dissociation step of dissociating said trapped ions, and a third analysis step of making mass spectrometry for ions derived from nitro groups produced by said ion dissociation.
7. A detecting device using an ion trap mass spectrometer, comprising:
a carrying mechanism for carrying objects such as baggage to be checked;
a carrying mechanism controller for controlling the speed of said carrying mechanism;
a gas-sucking portion for sucking a gas derived from said object;
an ion source for ionizing a sample included in said gas by corona discharge;
an ion trap mass spectrometer for executing a first mass analysis of analyzing ions produced by said ion source from said sample; and
a data processor for determining whether a dangerous substance is included in said sample on the basis of analysis data of said first mass analysis from said ion trap mass spectrometer;
wherein, when said data processor determines that a dangerous substance is included in said sample based upon the analysis data of said first mass analysis, said carrying mechanism controller reduces the carrying speed of said carrying mechanism on the basis of a signal from said data processor, and said data processor causes said ion trap mass spectrometer to execute a second mass analysis by tandem mass spectrometry.