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Early Days of Two-Dimensional Ion Cyclotron Resonance

Abstract : This contribution is an attempt to evoke the favorable atmosphere that prevailed in Lausanne around 1986 and provided the backdrop of our invention of two-dimensional ion cyclotron resonance mass spectroscopy (2D ICR-MS). To avoid a self-centered histoire d’ancien combattant, we shall try to emphasize the context: the contributions of key players within our nascent research group at UNIL and the established group of Tino Gäumann at EPFL, the role of external speakers, and the open atmosphere that was not yet polluted by bibliometrics, obsessive concern with impact factors, and top–down management of research. We shall also explain why the idea of 2D ICR-MS has been ignored for many years and still has a limited impact: different scientific cultures in the ICR and NMR communities, different concerns with fundamental vs. applied research, different status of theory and numerical simulations, different levels of commitment of instrument manufacturers, not to mention many theoretical problems that appear to be at least as challenging in ICR as in NMR.
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Geoffrey Bodenhausen. Early Days of Two-Dimensional Ion Cyclotron Resonance. Molecules, MDPI, 2021, 26 (11), pp.3381. ⟨10.3390/molecules26113381⟩. ⟨hal-03268552⟩

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