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Center Independent Research & Development: JPL IRAD

Combined Miniature Mass Spectrometer and Tunable Laser Spectrometer

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Project Introduction

Prototyping a miniature mass spectrometer (MS) and a miniature tunable laser spectrometer (TLS) for future use on NASA's planetary missions including Discovery, New Frontiers, CubeSat and probe platforms.

Miniature gas cells, ion sources, and digital electronics will be developed for low volume, low power, yet maintaining high sensitivity. By miniaturizing the mass spectrometer and tunable laser spectrometer instruments to fit within typical 2U (20 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm) volumes, numerous new applications will be created for these important instruments that sense gas composition. 

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