The part of the mass spectrometer used for sample ionization, since only particles which carry an electric charge can be analysed in a mass spectrometer. A variety of ion sources are in common use, each designed to ionize a specific class of atom or molecule.
See also: APCI
, electron ionization (EI)
, chemical ionization, electrospray ionization, thermal ionization, plasma ionization etc.
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