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Laser-based ion mobility spectrometry for sensing of aromatic compounds
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The drift time spectra of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), alkylbenzenes and alkylphenylethers were recorded with a laser-based ion mobility (IM) spectrometer. The ion mobilities of all compounds were determined in helium as drift gas. This allows the calculation of the diffusion cross sections (Ωcalc) on the basis of the exact hard sphere scattering model (EHSSM) and their comparison with the experimentally determined diffusion cross sections (Ωexp). These Ωexpcalc-correlations are presented for molecules with a rigid structure like PAH and prove the reliability of the theoretical model and experimental method. The increase of the selectivity of IM spectrometry is demonstrated using resonance enhanced multiphoton ionisation (REMPI) at atmospheric pressure, realized by tuneable lasers. The REMPI spectra of nine alkylbenzenes and alkylphenylethers are investigated. On the basis of these spectra, the complete qualitative distinction of eight compounds in a mixture is shown. These experiments are extended to alkylbenzene isomer mixtures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5547, Remote Sensing in Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring and Control, (15 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.559509
Show Author Affiliations
Hans-Gerd Loehmannsroeben, Univ. Potsdam (Germany)
Toralf Beitz, Univ. Potsdam (Germany)
Robert Laudien, Univ. Potsdam (Germany)
Rainer Schultze, Optimare GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5547:
Remote Sensing in Atmospheric Pollution Monitoring and Control
Allen Chu; James Szykman, Editor(s)

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