Abstract by Trayton Speth
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Effects of Varying Background Collision Gasses
METHODOLOGY: Experiments were run using sulfur hexafluoride in place of argon as a background collision gas. Cross-section measurements for varying alkyl-ammonium solutions were calculated using CRAFTI FTICR techniques and IGOR software packages. Measurements were plotted against increasing excite amplitudes and checked for linearity.
RESULTS: Current experiment parameters led to results that were inconclusive. Coding errors were discovered in the processing software that led to inaccurate cross-section readings. Experiments that were reproduced using a simultaneous excite-detect in place of an excite-delay-detect yielded more accurate measurements, but further research is needed for conclusive results.