Luxon Ion Source

Luxon is the second generation sample introduction and ionization source based on the LDTD® technology for mass spectrometry.

Luxon ion source uses Fiber-Coupled Laser Diode to obtain unmatchable thermal uniformity giving more precision, accuracy and speed. The redesigned technology achieves an analysis speed of less than 1 second with very low sample volumes.

The Luxon process integrates with  automated liquid handling and robotic transfer arm systems to provide
real high-throughput and continuous automation for your laboratory workflow. This patented ionization
source offers outstanding analytical performance in pharmaceutical, bioanalytical, forensic, food and
environmental industries and performs exceptionally well in other analytical fields.

Discover the Luxon Ion Source

A breakdown of the Luxon process:

  1. Low volume (0.1-10 μL) of extracted liquid sample
    deposited onto LazWell™ well surface
  2. Sample is rapidly dried
  3. Indirect thermal desorption of sample using precise Fiber-Coupled Laser Diode
  4. The desorbed neutrals are transported using compressed Air
  5. Ionization occurs using Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Reaction (APCI) without solvent
  6. Ions are formed and introduced into MS for detection

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Discover why the Luxon is the fastest
process in mass spectrometry!

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Performance Characteristics

Luxon 960 and 3840

– New LazWell plate stacker allows continuous operation for nonstop analysis of samples.
– 10 plate tower racks for easy loading
– Ready for Phytronix Automated Robot Arm for continuous uninterrupted analysis process
– Compatible with most liquid handling systems
– Low sample volume
– Plug and Play device; easy to install
– Direct sample introduction; no carry over and no memory effect



Our patented LazWell™ plates work exclusively with the Luxon system to provide accurate and reproducible results at incredible speed.

  • The LazWell96 well format is designed specifically for use with the Luxon-960 model and can accommodate sample volumes of 0.1-10µL.
  • The LazWell384 plate format fits on the Luxon-3840 system and offers a higher sample throughput for specialized applications requiring low volumes from 0.05 to 2.5 μL of sample.

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to discuss your high throughput requirements

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Interested in learning more about how the LDTD® can revolutionize your laboratory?

Send us your samples and we will generate a report according to your needs and agreed evaluation criteria. The evaluation can be performed on the LDTD – Laser Diode Thermal Desorption Ion Source 96-well or 384-well configurations as well as your choice of preferred Mass Spectrometer platform:

  • ThermoFisher TSQ Vantage – Triple Quadrupole
  • Waters XEVO TQ MS – Triple Quadrupole
  • AB Sciex 5500 Qtrap with SelexION (optional)

Are you ready to see the Luxon in action?
Take the next step with our On-Site Evaluation!

Based on availability of demo instruments and on a case by case basis, we can send the Luxon Ion Source to your facility and a Phytronix Application Scientist will perform the system installation, provide training, and assist you for one (1) week in your method development. Following this initial week of method development, the LDTD Ion Source is on loan for up to three (3) additional weeks for your evaluation. There is no charge for labor, installation, training, method assistance or the additional three weeks of use. The only charge is for the LazWell™ plates used during the evaluation period. All previous models (LDTD)  can be made available for your on-site evaluation.

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Evaluate the Luxon now to increase your sample throughput and speed up your analysis.

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