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Miniature Mass Spectrometer for Earth Science Research

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
90655
Program Year/Program:
2009 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
084079
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ceramitron, LLC
9286 Old Bonhomme Road St Louis, MO 63132-4323
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Miniature Mass Spectrometer for Earth Science Research
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX09CD56P
Award Amount: $99,104.00
 

Abstract:

By drastically reducing the physical footprint of a mass spectrometer to the size of a beverage can, Ceramitron could set a new performance/price standard in the miniaturized MS market. To do this, we propose eliminating the turbomolecular and roughing pumps in favor two chemical sorption pumps (a non-evaporable getter (NEG) and an ion pump), both integrated into the spectrometer's self-contained vacuum enclosure. Ceramitron's patented double-focusing 90o magnetic-sector unit comprises three printed circuit boards, sandwiched together to form a vacuum-tight enclosure containing a dual-filament EI source, ion slits, a photo- lithographically-deposited energy analyzer, lenses and I/O pins, continuous-dynode electron multiplier and the sorption pumps. Target parameters: 200 daltons mass range, 200 resolving power, 5x10-5 Amps/Torr sensitivity, <2kg total weight, <10 watts power consumption. Sample pressure through a pulsed-gas inlet, with flow restrictor, is ~1E-5 Torr. Internal pumps maintain ~1E-6 Torr with no in-flow. Units will be optimized for harsh operating environments.

Principal Investigator:

Philip S. Berger
Principal Investigator
3143413085
phil@ceramitron.com

Business Contact:

Philip S. Berger
Business Official/PI
3143413085
phil@ceramitron.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ceramitron, LLC
9286 Old Bonhomme Road St Louis, MO 63132

EIN/Tax ID: 204427515
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No