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Separation of volatile and nonvolatile deposits on real-time SAW NVR detectors
Author(s): Kenneth T. Luey; Dianne J. Coleman; Joseph C. Uht
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Paper Abstract

Real-time instruments based on surface acoustic wave (SAW) resonators are now seeing greater application for measuring the accumulation of nonvolatile residues (NVRs) on contamination sensitive surfaces. In this paper, we study the use of a desiccant, or dry GN+-2) to remove volatile films from the SAW sensing surfaces, with the intent of leaving the NVR behind. Using water as moderately volatile model material, the SAW device was capable of indicating monolayer growth in agreement with the expected frequency change. The drying agent was successful in removing all water from the SAW device. Additionally, the SAW device was capable of detecting different regimes of desorption kinetics. In trials of several candidates, only one example of NVR could be deposited, most likely a phthalate from flexible tubing heated beyond its working temperature. The deposit was so large that it overwhelmed subsequent observations of water desorption.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4096, Optical Systems Contamination and Degradation II: Effects, Measurements, and Control, (20 September 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.400823
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Kenneth T. Luey, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Dianne J. Coleman, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)
Joseph C. Uht, The Aerospace Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4096:
Optical Systems Contamination and Degradation II: Effects, Measurements, and Control
Philip T. C. Chen; O. Manuel Uy, Editor(s)

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