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Blake SL, Walker SH, Muddiman DC, Hinks D, Beck KR. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2011 Dec;22(12):2269-75. Color Index Disperse Yellow 42 (DY42), a high-volume disperse dye for polyester, was used to compare the capabilities of the LTQ-Orbitrap XL and the LTQ-FT-ICR with respect to mass measurement accuracy (MMA), spectral accuracy, and sulfur counting. The results of this research will be used in the construction of a dye database for forensic purposes; the additional spectral information will increase the confidence in the identification of unknown dyes found in fibers at crime scenes. Initial LTQ-Orbitrap XL data showed MMAs greater than 3 ppm and poor spectral accuracy. Modification of several Orbitrap installation parameters (e.g., deflector voltage) resulted in a significant improvement of the data. The LTQ-FT-ICR and LTQ-Orbitrap XL (after installation parameters were modified) exhibited MMA ≤ 3 ppm, good spectral accuracy (χ(2) values for the isotopic distribution ≤ 2), and were correctly able to ascertain the number of sulfur atoms in the compound at all resolving powers investigated for AGC targets of 5.00 × 10(5) and 1.00 × 10(6).