Mass spectrometry is an extremely accurate method of analyzing the composition of a
wide variety of substances ranging from solids, powders, crystals, liquids,
organometallics, and ash from organic materials.
A machine called a mass spectrometer produces charged particles (ions) from the
chemical substance being analyzed. The mass spectrometer then uses electric and
magnetic fields to determine the mass of the ions. A trained mass spectrometrist can
interpret the masses and relative quantities of ions in a mass spectrum to calculate
the composition of the substance.
At Northern Analytical Labs, we use 3 different types of mass spectrometers, which
allows us to choose the best method of analysis for your material. Read more about:
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometry
Spark Source Mass Spectrometry