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Hybrid Data System and Ion Detector for TOF Mass Spectrometry

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
63809
Program Year/Program:
2003 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
022482
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
IONWERKS, INC.
3401 Louisiana St., Suite 355 HOUSTON, TX -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2003
Title: Hybrid Data System and Ion Detector for TOF Mass Spectrometry
Agency: NASA
Contract: NAS10-03018
Award Amount: $69,983.00
 

Abstract:

Previous phase II work has resulted in a compact Time-of-Flight mass spectrometer developed for sensitive detection of hydrogen and oxygen leaks prior to and during the few seconds after engine start and before launch of the space shuttle. The main challenges for this application--sensitivity, accuracy, dynamic range, response time, and ruggedness--have been met in the current prototype. The sensitivity and utility of the TOF is now principally limited by the saturation of the Micro-channel-plate detector, which can handle only a few million counts per second. An approach to overcome this limitation using a new type of data system in conjunction with a combined microchannelplate/discreet ion multiplier is the subject of this phase I.We propose to increase the dynamic range of time of flight mass spectrometry by creating a data acquisition and detector system that simultaneously performs analog and multianode single ion pulse-counting time-of-flight measurements to inrease the dynamic range of a time to digital converter (TDC) for the cases when a mass peak comprises more than one ion arriving simultaneously the detector.

Principal Investigator:

William Burton
Principal Investigator
7135229880
wmburton@ionwerks.com

Business Contact:

Maria Ambriz
Business Manager
7135229880
Dempsey@ionwerks.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ionwerks
2472 Bolsover Suite 255 Houston, TX 77005

EIN/Tax ID: 760589694
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No