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The Role Of Fiber Optics In Mass Spectrometer Electro-Optical Ion Detection
Author(s): David D. Norris; Charles E. Giffin
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Paper Abstract

Today's mass spectrometers provide data to the researcher in two modes: (1) in the form of a photographic plate where line densities provide integrated ion abundances, and (2) in the form of a strip chart recording where peak intensities provide ion abundances during a mass versus time scan. Both types of data suffer from low sensitivity - the former due to the insensitivity of photographic emulsions to positive ions (104 ions required for a detectable line) and the latter from a low duty cycle due to spectral scanning (typically 10-2 - 10-4). This paper describes the development of an electro-optical ion detector combining the best features of photographic and electrical ion detection (i.e., wide mass range coverage and low ion detection threshold respectively). A nineteen fold fiber optic image dissector is discussed which reformats the 1 mm x 361 mm mass spectrometer focal plane format to a 19 mm x 19 mm format suitable for vidicon imaging and electronic display of the data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 July 1976
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0077, Fibers and Integrated Optics, (23 July 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.975719
Show Author Affiliations
David D. Norris, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)
Charles E. Giffin, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0077:
Fibers and Integrated Optics
Henri Hodara, Editor(s)

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