5 October 2017 Active vortex sampling system for remote contactless survey of surfaces by laser-based field asymmetrical ion mobility spectrometer
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The ways for increasing the distance of non-contact sampling up to 40 cm for a field asymmetric ion mobility (FAIM) spectrometer are formulated and implemented by the use of laser desorption and active shaper of the vortex flow. Numerical modeling of air sampling flows was made and the sampling device for a laser–based FAIM spectrometer on the basis of high speed rotating impeller, located coaxial with the ion source, was designed. The dependence of trinitrotoluene vapors signal on the rotational speed and the optimization of the value of the sampling flow were obtained. The effective distance of sampling is increased up to 28 cm for trinitrotoluene vapors detection by a FAIM spectrometer with a rotating impeller. The distance is raised up to 40 cm using laser irradiation of traces of explosives. It is shown that efficient desorption of low-volatile explosives is achieved at laser intensity 107 W / cm2 , wavelength λ=266 nm, pulse energy about 1mJ and pulse frequency not less than 10 Hz under ambient conditions. The ways of optimization of internal gas flows of a FAIM spectrometer for the work at increased sampling distances are discussed.
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Artem E. Akmalov, Alexander A. Chistyakov, Gennadii E. Kotkovskii, Alexei V. Sychev, "Active vortex sampling system for remote contactless survey of surfaces by laser-based field asymmetrical ion mobility spectrometer ", Proc. SPIE 10441, Counterterrorism, Crime Fighting, Forensics, and Surveillance Technologies, 1044105 (5 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2279011; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2279011
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