What does a mass spectrometer measure?

Answer Chemists use mass spectrometry as an analytical method to determine the molecular weight of compounds. Generally, the substance to be analyzed is injected into a gas chromatograph, which is capable... Read More »

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What does a spectrometer measure?

A spectrometer is used to identify the atomic and sub-atomic constituents that make up substances by extracting the characteristic spectra of light emitted by those constituents, which can be speci... Read More »

What does an optical spectrometer measure?

An optical spectrometer is a useful instrument for physicists and astronomers. It separates and measures wavelengths of light. Although it is often used to study visible light (color), it can also ... Read More »

What is a mass spectrometer used for?

A mass spectrometer is used to study charged atoms by changing the path they take while moving through a magnetic field. The charge-to-mass ratio can be determined for a given atom from data taken ... Read More »

In what year was the mass spectrometer invented?

Francis W. Aston invented the first mass spectrometer (or spectrograph) in 1919. He was working on the problem of separating the isotopes of neon. His invention used electromagnetic focusing to det... Read More »