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Surface-induced dissociation of protonated peptides: implications of initial kinetic energy spread.

Surface-induced dissociation (SID) has been used to produce daughter ion spectra of small protonated peptides generated by fast atom bombardment ( FAB). The relative abundances of daughter ions depends critically upon the energy of the ion/surface collision. A wide array of decomposition processes may be observed using ELAB collision energies in the range 10-20 eV. At approximately 13-eV collision energy, the variety of decomposition processes is maximized for the small peptides studied; hence, maximum structural information may be deduced. Collisionally-activated dissociations ( CAD) using argon gas and the identical protonated peptides could not produce as large an array of daughter ions in a constant condition experiment. An apparent contradiction is thereby posed because SID is known to produce a narrow distribution of ion internal energies relative to CAD. This apparent contradiction is resolved by considering the rather large kinetic energy spread of ions leaving the FAB source. For the SID process, this large initial kinetic energy distribution is converted into a significantly wider spread in center-of-mass collision energy, leading to a broader variety of decomposition processes (high and low energy) compared to CAD.[1]


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