Aerosol Mass Spectrometer for Aircraft Sampling using Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00244-04-P-0425
Agency Tracking Number: N032-0352
Amount: $70,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2003
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
45 Manning Road, Billerica, MA, 01821
DUNS: 030817290
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Jayne
 Principal Scientist
 (978) 663-9500
Business Contact
 Charles Kolb
Title: President
Phone: (978) 663-9500
Research Institution
Aerosol particles play an important role in visibility, acid deposition, climate, and human health, although large uncertainties remain in quantifying their impacts which depend on their chemical composition and atmospheric transformations. An innovativeaerosol mass spectrometer has been recently designed to fill a critical need for size-resolved, quantitative chemical composition data on aerosol particles. An aircraft version of this instrument that meets the size, weight, ruggedness, and timeresolution requirements for aircraft operation has been deployed aboard ONR's CIRPAS Twin Otter research aircraft. We propose to upgrade this instrument in order to improve detection sensitivity which is critical for aircraft measurements in cleanenvironments. This includes hardware and software developments to improve autonomous aircraft operation. The ultimate goal is to incorporate a time of flight mass spectrometer which will dramatically improve the detection and characterization ofspecific chemical species, and will enable chemical composition measurements on an individual particle by particle basis.

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