Performance evaluation of a miniature ion mobility spectrometer drift cell for application in hand-held explosives detection ion mobility spectrometers

Babis, J. S.; Sperline, R. P.; Knight, A. K.; Jones, D. A.; Gresham, C. A.; Denton, M. B.
September 2009
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Sep2009, Vol. 395 Issue 2, p411
Academic Journal
The implementation of hand-held ion mobility spectrometers (IMS) requires the development and evaluation of miniature drift cells providing high sensitivity while maintaining reasonable resolution. This manuscript describes the construction of a miniature IMS designed for such an application and its characterization by evaluation of the detection limits and resolution of the system with seven explosive compounds including trinitrotoluene (TNT), cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX), pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), 2,4,6-trinitrophenyl- N-methylnitramine (Tetryl), nitroglycerin (NG), 2,4-dinitrotoluene (2,4 DNT), and 2,6-dinitrotoluene (2,6 DNT). [Figure not available: see fulltext.]


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