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High Resolution Mass Spectrometer

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High Resolution Mass Spectrometer

Provide substantially improved chemical analysis capability for a comet rendezvous mission with a very high resolution mass spectrometer. Critical aspects of these technologies will be addressed improve mass resolution that provide greater breadth in the chemical analysis in the space environment of a comet. These technologies are not yet suitable for space flight use.

Technologies associated with two parallel paths will be pursued (1) a 3 stage RF quadrupole mass spectrometer that strongly leverages from existing technologies and (2) a state of the art orbitrap mass spectrometer that will be studied in collaboration with our external colleagues. External collaborators include several cometary science and mass spectrometer experts

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