4 May 2012 Advances in field-portable ion trap GC/MS instrumentation
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The rapid and accurate detection and identification of chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals can be critical to the protection of military and civilian personnel. The use of gas chromatography (GC) - mass spectrometry (MS) can provide both the sensitivity and selectivity required to identify unknown chemicals in complex (i.e. real-world) environments. While most widely used as a laboratory-based technique, recent advances in GC, MS, and sampling technologies have led to the development of a hand-portable GC/MS system that is more practical for field-based analyses. The unique toroidal ion trap mass spectrometer (TMS) used in this instrument has multiple benefits related to size, weight, start-up time, ruggedness, and power consumption. Sample separation is achieved in record time (~ 3 minutes) and with high resolution using a state-of-the-art high-performance low-thermal-mass GC column. In addition to providing a system overview highlighting its most important features, the presentation will focus on the chromatographic and mass spectral performance of the system. Results from exhaustive performance testing of the new instrument will be introduced to validate its unique robustness and ability to identify targeted and unknown chemicals.
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Eric G. Diken, Eric G. Diken, Josep Arno, Josep Arno, Ed Skvorc, Ed Skvorc, David Manning, David Manning, Greger Andersson, Greger Andersson, Kevin Judge, Kevin Judge, Ken Fredeen, Ken Fredeen, Charles Sadowski, Charles Sadowski, Joseph L. Oliphant, Joseph L. Oliphant, Stephen A. Lammert, Stephen A. Lammert, Jeffrey L. Jones, Jeffrey L. Jones, Randall W. Waite, Randall W. Waite, Chad Grant, Chad Grant, Edgar D. Lee, Edgar D. Lee, } "Advances in field-portable ion trap GC/MS instrumentation", Proc. SPIE 8358, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Sensing XIII, 83581H (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.921054; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.921054

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