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Damage cross sections for fast heavy ion induced desorption of biomolecules

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Journal
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
0168-583X
Publisher
Elsevier
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2
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DOI: 10.1016/0168-583x(84)90308-2
Disciplines
  • Biology

Abstract

Abstract The Uppsala EN-tandem accelerator combined with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer has been used to measure the damage cross sections for Fast Heavy Ion Induced Desorption (FHIID) of the amino acid valine (MW = 117) and the protein bovine insulin (MW = 5733). Time-of-flight spectra have been obtained after exposing the sample to a known radiation dose of 90 MeV 127I 14+ ions and the yield of the quasi-molecular ions has been measured as a function of the radiation dose. The results are: 6.8(± 1.8) × 10 −13 cm 2 and 50(± 17) × 10 −13 cm 2 for positive ions of valine and insulin respectively. The cross section for valine is roughly one order of magnitude larger than previously published low energy (keV) damage cross sections for the amino acid leucine.

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