At Pittcon 2013, Bruker today debuted the new aurora Elite, a new ultra-sensitive Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS). Complementing the now updated workhorse aurora M90 ICP-MS for routine laboratory analysis, the new aurora Elite sets unprecedented and truly exceptional standards for sensitivity and matrix robustness, even exceeding the performance of expensive magnetic sector field ICP-MS systems in many aspects, and far exceeding the sensitivity of all other quadrupole ICP-MS systems on the market today.
The aurora Elite boasts a host of performance enhancements and new features, with unprecedented 1.5 gigahertz per parts per million (1.5 GHz / ppm) sensitivity for precise and accurate quantification at single digit ppt levels and below, which makes the aurora Elite the most sensitive ICP-MS instrument on the market. This incredible sensitivity makes it eminently suitable for the semiconductor, geochemistry, materials science and related applications. The lowest oxide ratios using its patented turner-interlaced coils ensures robust plasma conditions for complete matrix decomposition, all without the requirement of a plasma shield or guard electrode.
The combination of the aurora Elite’s high sensitivity with the all-digital detector delivers excellent results for isotope ratio determinations of low concentrations and for large ratios, and this is true for liquids and solids. The combination of the aurora Elite’s GHz sensitivity with very short integration times makes this an ideal instrument for the analysis of nanoparticles at the smallest dimensions. When coupled to laser ablation devices aurora Elite becomes an ultra-sensitive detector to detect material ablated by single digit ƒÝm laser beams - expanding the range for e.g. biological imaging or advanced material research. The incorporation of an easy-to-use Collision Reaction Interface (CRI II) provides a solution for simple, robust, maintenance-free interference challenges, with the convenience of either Helium- or Hydrogen mode, for improved detection limits of spectrally interfered isotopes and highest accuracy.
The expanded ICP-MS range from Bruker, including the enhanced aurora M90 and the new aurora Elite, now also offers 21 CFR Part 11 compliance to meet the requirements of pharmaceutical, biotech and CRO customers.
Dr. Meike Hamester, Director ICP-MS Global Market Development and Product Management at Bruker’s Chemical and Applied Markets (CAM) Division, commented: “The introduction of the most sensitive ICP-MS on the market provides an instrument which offers highest sensitivity as the key enabler to redefine application boundaries of ICP-MS.”
“Bruker CAM started in 2010 with the commitment to bring new innovation to the applied markets. The aurora Elite is the seventh major product introduction in under 36 months. This is a strong statement of Bruker’s commitment to bringing new ideas, solutions and innovation to laboratories in the food, petro/energy, pharma, environmental, and related segments” said Collin D’Silva, president of Bruker CAM.