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Development of an airborne hydrocarbon monitoring system based on FTIR technology
Author(s): Paul A. Mogan; Carl B. Mattson; Chris J. Schwindt
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Paper Abstract

The capability to monitor airborne hydrocarbon compounds is essential in order to protect sensitive optical payloads from performance degradation caused by the deposition of surface films. Commonly used hydrocarbon monitoring instrumentation such as flame ionization detectors yield no information about the source or identity of compounds they detect. The Fourier Transform IR Spectrometer (FTIR) with its inherent ability to discriminate a large number of compounds offers a tremendous advantage over other types of instrumentation. The contamination monitoring laboratory at John F. Kennedy Space Center has developed an airborne hydrocarbon monitoring system based on FTIR technology to support the AXAF payload. This system consist of a portable cart suitable for use in Class 1 Division 2 environments. This paper describes the system in detail.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3427, Optical Systems Contamination and Degradation, (27 October 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.328485
Show Author Affiliations
Paul A. Mogan, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
Carl B. Mattson, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)
Chris J. Schwindt, NASA Kennedy Space Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3427:
Optical Systems Contamination and Degradation
Philip T. C. Chen; William E. McClintock; Gary J. Rottman, Editor(s)

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