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DART-Thermo LTQ/Orbitrap Interface

For Thermo LTQ (Orbitrap) Velos, LTQ Orbitrap XL, LTQ
Ion Trap, Exactive High Performance, and all other
instruments that utilize the Ion Max Source

Version 20100814

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Thermo Ion Max—DART Interface Manual
This manual details the steps necessary to install a DART source on a Thermo LTQ Ion
Trap or Orbitrap Instrument.

Table of Contents

1. Diagram of the Thermo Source Region

2. Attaching the DART Flange to the Instrument
a. Adjusting the Exactive Side Brackets
3. Vacuum Issues
4. Optimal Parameters

Thermo Ion Max—DART Interface Manual
Diagram of the Thermo Source Region and Interface

Disconnect the waste hose from the

bottom of the Ion Max source, as well as
all gas, syringe, and voltage connections.

Carefully remove the Ion Max source

from the Mass Spectrometer interface
and place it aside in a safe place.

Remove the spray shield. Using a small

flat-head screw driver, loosen the set screws
on the sides of the spray shield. Caution:
the shield may be hot.

Pictured to the left is the source region with

the spray shield removed.

Thermo Ion Max—DART Interface Manual
Adjusting the Side Brackets on the Thermo Exactive
• The side brackets (circled in red in the picture below) need to be adjusted before
mounting the IonSense SI-140-GIST Vapur interface flange.
– The side brackets on the Exactive and LTQ need to be set 0.2 - 0.3 mm out
from the front metal surface around the API inlet.
• In general these brackets are set flush with the metal surface around the API inlet
as a default position.
• The Thermo ESI source will fit properly even with the changed positioning of the
side brackets.

• The side brackets on the

Exactive and LTQ need
to be adjusted so that
the front surface of the
brackets measures 0.2 –
0.3 mm from the front
metal surface around
the API inlet.
• The brackets are to be
moved away from the
mass spectrometer and
towards the installation

Note: The Thermo spray shield is

also removed before mounting the
IonSense Vapur interface flange.
Thermo Ion Max—DART Interface Manual
Attaching the DART Flange to the Instrument

Attach the IonSense flange to the source by matching the lock bars with the slots on the
side and then locking them on the top by turning the knobs simultaneously until they are
facing at least 45 degrees from the side plane of the flange.

Insert the ceramic tube into the Swagelok fitting and attach the DART either by 1)
attaching the large front ring of the DART to the holes on the front of the flange, or 2) by
screwing the base of the DART into the two holes on the bottom of the flange.

Figure: The DART is shown

attached to the flange using the
screws in the front ring.

Thermo Ion Max—DART Interface Manual
Monitoring Vacuum Levels

Use of the DART will increase the vacuum level in your instrument due to the amount of
helium being pushed into the instrument. It will not, however, harm the mass
spectrometer or cause it to function differently. Below is a printout showing what the
Thermo Exactive’s vacuum levels should be during operation. If your vacuum levels
exceed this amount, call IonSense and ask to speak with the Service Department.

Stable vacuum pressure read back values for the Exactive.

• N2 is running through the DART source for this screen shot.
• UHV reading will rise to ~ 8-9 E-10 mbar when operating the DART with
He, but is still stable.
• The threshold where the UHV will fail is at 1.26 E-9 mbar.

Thermo Ion Max—DART Interface Manual
Optimal Parameters

IonSense recommends using the following operational settings:

• Skimmer Voltage: 25V

• Capillary Voltage: 35V
• Capillary Temperature: 275C

Thermo Ion Max—DART Interface Manual