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18 December 1998 Self-contained handheld optical waveguide chemical sensor system
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Proceedings Volume 3539, Chemical Microsensors and Applications; (1998)
Event: Photonics East (ISAM, VVDC, IEMB), 1998, Boston, MA, United States
A self-contained, hand-held, optical waveguide, chemical detection system has been built to detect and quantify gases and vapors. The system uses a hybrid integrated circuit (IC) containing optical waveguides coated with sensing chemistry as the optical platform. The IC with sensing chemistry is available commercially under the name Sensor-on-a-Chip. This IC is mounted in a small, uniquely designed sample chamber where the measured analyte is identified by the sensing chemistry and biochemistry. Continuous or stop-flow sampling is possible. Sensitivities in the low parts-per-million have been attained for hydrocarbons and alcohol. Analyte coverage is only limited by the sensing chemistries and biochemistries that are available.
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Roger L. Himka, Richard J. Pollina, Helen Thomas, and Stanley M. Klainer "Self-contained handheld optical waveguide chemical sensor system", Proc. SPIE 3539, Chemical Microsensors and Applications, (18 December 1998);


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