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A programmable palm-size gas analyzer for use in micro-autonomous systems
Author(s): Robert J. M. Gordenker; Kensall D. Wise
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Paper Abstract

Gas analysis systems having small size, low power, and high selectivity are badly needed for defense (detection of explosives and chemical warfare agents), homeland security, health care, and environmental applications. This paper presents a palm-size gas chromatography system having analysis times of 5-50sec, detection limits less than 1ppb, and an average power dissipation less than one watt. It uses no consumables. The three-chip fluidic system consists of a preconcentrator, a 25cm-3m separation column, and a chemi-resistive detector and is supported by a microcomputer and circuitry for programmable temperature control. The entire system, including the mini-pump and battery, occupies less than 200cc and is configured for use on autonomous robotic vehicles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8373, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IV, 83731O (3 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.917858
Show Author Affiliations
Robert J. M. Gordenker, Univ. of Michigan (United States)
Kensall D. Wise, Univ. of Michigan (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8373:
Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IV
Thomas George; M. Saif Islam; Achyut Dutta, Editor(s)

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