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Photonis, Georgia Tech to Develop Prototype Spectrometer

Photonics.com
Jun 2012
STURBRIDGE, Mass., June 11, 2012 — Electro-optic mass spectrometer component manufacturer Photonis USA has signed a sponsorship agreement with Georgia Tech Research Corp. to design and develop a prototype of a novel ion mobility spectrometer (IMS) analyzer using proprietary patented technology.

The new device features the company’s resistive glass product, which eliminates the need for complex wire components as well as heating requirements, simplifying the analysis process and reducing the overall analysis cost. The resistive glass consists of alkali-doped lead silicate glass, which can be reduced to make the surface a semiconductor and can be drawn into custom shapes for use in ion guides, drift and capillary inlet tubes, ion mirrors, collision cells, conversion diodes or voltage dividers.

It can be custom-manufactured to interface with a range of mass spectrometers or other sources to reduce the overall complexity of IMS analysis.

For more information, visit: www.photonis.com



GLOSSARY
electro-optics
1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
mass spectrometer
A device used to measure the masses and relative concentrations of atoms and molecules. It utilizes the Lorentz force generated by external magnetic field on a moving charged particle, in which the particles are deflected by the magnetic field according to their masses. Once deflected, the particles are detected and recorded electrically to provide a mass spectrum of the input beam of ions. 
photonics
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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