Laser Ablation into Electrospray
The efficient material removal of an infrared laser can be used to desorb and ablate material that is then merged with highly charged droplets from an electrospray. With this approach, materials can be analyzed under ambient conditions with the spatial resolution afforded by a focused laser.
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