Glow discharge mass spectrometers enable you to define new standards in the direct analysis of solid samples, providing you with the solution of choice for high throughput determination of trace elements in high purity conductive and semi-conductive materials.

Providing complete material characterization for high purity metals and alloys, semicon and battery applications, the Thermo Scientific Element GD Plus GD-MS system features a fast glow discharge ion source in a high-resolution mass spectrometer. The ideal tool for the direct analysis of high purity conductive and semi-conductive materials, the system can detect and routinely quantify almost all elements present in a solid sample at or below the ppb range.

Element GD-MS

Discover how to redefine the analysis of advanced high purity materials directly from the solid with the Element GD Plus GD-MS. High sample throughput and extra low detection limits are provided with minimum calibration and sample preparation, making bulk metal, ceramic powder, and depth profiling applications the domain for GD-MS. Nonconductive powders are analyzed by using a secondary electrode approach, providing the same level of sensitivity and data quality. This makes GD-MS the reliable standard method for trace metal analysis.

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Micro second pulsed, fast flow, high power

Unique technology provides excellent stability and accuracy, short analysis times with superior sensitivity and low levels of polyatomic interferences compared to static GD, and accuracies of ±30% for metals and alloys without calibration.

Double focusing mass spectrometer

High ion transmission combined with low background noise leads to incomparable signal to noise ratios and sub-ppb detection limits. Achieve maximum levels of selectivity and accuracy with high mass resolution.

12 orders of magnitude automatic detection system

Fully automatic detector with >12 orders of linear dynamic range enables determination of ultra-traces and matrix elements within a single scan.

Software suite designed around for productivity and ease of use

Full computer control of all parameters enables fully automated analysis and data evaluation as well as LIMS connectivity with automatic data transfer.

Sample loading on the Element GD Plus GD-MS

After finishing the sample run, it takes just one push to open the Glow Discharge source. No tools are required.


Defining quality with the Element GD Plus GD-MS

Watch the webinar to learn how the Element GD Plus GD-MS enables you to define new standards in the analysis of solid samples. The pulsed power supply from flow discharge sources give more efficient ionization at lower sputter rates.


Glow discharge ion source characteristics

  • Unique design providing highest accuracy and widely adjustable sputter rates suitable for bulk analysis and depth profiling
  • High sensitivity for short analysis times
  • Fast and simple sample to sample switching
  • Low level of polyatomic interfaces without the need for cyrogenic cooling
  • Flexible cell for flat samples, pressed powders and pin samples
  • Plug-in cone and anode parts for quick exchange to avoid sample carry over
GD-MS Plus GD Mass Spectrometer Ion Source

GD-MS accessories & consumables

Even the most sophisticated elemental analysis is made more straightforward with the right GD-MS accessories. Improve performance, convenience and flexibility with accessories designed specifically for your glow discharge mass spectrometer.

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Analysis of alumina powders

Learn about the capabilities of the Element GD Plus µs-Fast-Flow Glow Discharge Mass Spectrometer for high throughput trace metal determination in high purity alumina powders with minimum sample preparation.

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Gallium analysis using µs-pulsed fast flow GD-MS

The Element GD Plus GD-MS features a fast flow glow discharge source that can be operated in continuous or pulsed mode. Samples with a lower melting point can be analyzed in pulsed mode to avoid melting.

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