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Laser Chemistry
Volume 18, Issue 4, Pages 219-237

Laser Desorption Dynamics of Carbendazim on a Glass Surface

Unidad de Láseres y Haces Moleculares, Instituto Pluridisciplinar, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Juan XXIII-1, Madrid 28040, Spain

Received 1 May 2000

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A study on the desorption of carbendazim (methyl-2-benzimidazolecarbamate, mass = 191 amu) from a glass surface (Pyrex) has been carried out using an experimental set-up based on laser desorption and laser post-ionization followed by time-of-flight mass spectrometry. After optimization of the experimental conditions a resolution of ca. 850 was achieved at the mass of the pesticide (191 amu). All measured time-of-flight mass spectra showed not only an excellent signal to noise ratio, but also the lack of significant molecular fragmentation, except for a mass of 71 amu which was attributed to the lateral chain of the carbendazim. Neutral time-of-flight yields were measured for several desorption energies. Analysis of the corresponding velocity distributions suggests a thermal mechanism dominating the laser-induced desorption. Finally the capability of the present technique for analytical applications is also discussed.