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Indiana U Licenses MS Technology

Photonics.com
Mar 2009

The Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. in Bloomington has granted Indianapolis-based Prosolia Inc. the option to license technology that could be suitable for medical, forensic and scientific applications. A grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow Prosolia’s scientists, along with an IU team including Steven J. Ray, Jacob T. Shelley and Gary Hieftje, to develop the “ambient” mass spectrometry device into a market-ready product. “Ambient mass spectrometry is already demonstrating its promise in a host of important application areas,” Hieftje said. “Our new source, the flowing atmospheric-pressure afterglow, or ‘FAPA,’ is an extremely attractive addition to the existing arsenal in this field and has already been shown capable of measuring quantities smaller than a trillionth of a gram and to be applicable to materials ranging from pesticides to pharmaceutical products, and explosives to illicit drugs.” FAPA works by exposing an unknown sample to a flow of extremely hot and energetic gas. The gas ionizes metals and other elements so they can be measured by mass spectrometry or ion-mobility spectrometry. The mass spectrum can be analyzed to determine the compounds present.



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The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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