dc.creator Neese, Christopher F. en_US dc.creator Medvedev, Ivan R. en_US dc.creator De Lucia, Frank C. en_US dc.creator Plummer, Grant M. en_US dc.creator Ball, Christopher D. en_US dc.creator Frank, Aaron J. en_US dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-12T14:04:09Z dc.date.available 2010-07-12T14:04:09Z dc.date.issued 2010 en_US dc.identifier 2010-TE-11 en_US dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/46185 dc.description Author Institution: Department of Physics, 191 W. Woodruff Ave., Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210 USA; Enthalpy Analytical, Inc., 2202 Ellis Rd., Durham, NC 27703 USA; Battelle Memorial Institute, 505 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 USA en_US dc.description.abstract Rotational spectroscopy has been recognized a potentially powerful tool for chemical analysis since the very beginnings of the field. A typical rotational fingerprint consists of $10^5$ resolvable spectral channels, leading to `absolute' specificity, even in complex mixtures. Furthermore, rotational spectroscopy requires very small amounts of sample with detection limits as low as picograms. Nevertheless, this technique has not yet been widely applied to analytical science because of the size, cost, and complexity of traditional spectrometers. \vspace{1em}A resurgence of interest in spectroscopic sensors has been fueled by increases in performance made possible by advances in laser systems and applications in medicine, environmental monitoring, and national security. Most of these new approaches make use of the optical/infrared spectral regions and their well established, but still rapidly evolving technology base. The submillimeter (SMM) spectral region, while much less well known, has also seen significant technological advances, allowing the design of powerful spectroscopic sensors. \vspace{1em}Using modern solid-state multiplier technology we have built a small bench top SMM spectrometer designed for use as a chemical sensor. This spectrometer includes a sample acquisition system including the vacuum equipment to provide the ideal pressures (1--10~mtorr) for SMM spectroscopy and a sorbent tube for analyte collection and preconcentration. The entire spectrometer, including power supplies, frequency synthesizers, a 1.2 m folded sample cell, and a computer for data analysis fits into a cubic foot box. en_US dc.language.iso en en_US dc.publisher Ohio State University en_US dc.title A SUBMILLIMETER CHEMICAL SENSOR en_US dc.type Article en_US dc.type Image en_US dc.type Presentation en_US
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