Miniature Time of Flight Mass Spectrometer for Space and Extraterrestrial Applications

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$589,072.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
NNA06CA56C
Award Id:
76687
Agency Tracking Number:
040040
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
101 Seville Place, Starkville, MS, 39759
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
150721475
Principal Investigator:
David Ermer
Principal Investigator
(662) 425-2512
dermer@opti-ms.com
Business Contact:
David Ermer
Business Official
(662) 425-2512
dermer@opti-ms.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The PI has developed a miniature time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS), which can be op-timized for space and extraterrestrial applications, by using a revolutionary ion-focusing scheme. The instrument is optimized for a matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization ion source. The design is compact and the device that will be built under a Phase II grant will have a mass of less than 1 kg, a volume of less than one liter and draw approximately 3.5 Watts, exclusive of vac-uum generation, laser and sample-handling equipment. The proposed device will include a sam-ple-handling component, which will slightly increase the mass, volume and power requirements. Although there are several miniature TOF-MS systems currently available (NASA has a design available for licensing) the proposed innovation will out-perform all of the miniature designs currently available by 1 to 2 orders of magnitude (resolution and sensitivity) and has mass resolution comparable to current full-size research instruments. For commercial applications where volume, mass and power requirements are not so stringent, a device that performs better than current full-sized instruments can be designed.

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