Multifunctional glow discharge analyzer for spacecraft monitoring

Jane H. Fujiyama-Novak, Amrita Mukherjee, Ganesh Rahul Bhimanapati, Chethan Kumar Gaddam, Randy L. Vander Wal, Benjamin Ward

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In this study the main objective was to develop and demonstrate a glow discharge microplasma coupled to a miniature spectrometer for detection of fire signatures from pyrolyzing and burning spacecraft materials. Our experimental results demonstrate that combustion-produced carbonaceous aerosols can serve to identify the burning materials. Demonstrating versatility for chemistry analysis, the plasma detector could differentiate carbonaceous aerosols with different C/H ratios and distinguish inorganic samples such as salts and metal oxides from carbonaceous aerosols. In addition, in situ analysis of aerosol samples validated the microplasma's analytical utility by linearity of its optical emission intensity with aerosol elemental composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1160-1164
Number of pages5
JournalCombustion and Flame
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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