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Title: IMS applications analysis

This report examines the market potential of a miniature, hand-held Ion Mobility Spectrometer. Military and civilian markets are discussed, as well as applications in a variety of diverse fields. The strengths and weaknesses of competing technologies are discussed. An extensive Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) bibliography is included. The conclusions drawn from this study are: (1) There are a number of competing technologies that are capable of detecting explosives, drugs, biological, or chemical agents. The IMS system currently represents the best available compromise regarding sensitivity, specificity, and portability. (2) The military market is not as large as the commercial market, but the military services are more likely to invest R and D funds in the system. (3) Military applications should be addressed before commercial applications are addressed. (4) There is potentially a large commercial market for rugged, hand-held Ion Mobility Spectrometer systems. Commercial users typically do not invest R and D funds in this type of equipment rather, they wait for off-the-shelf availability.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
752625
Report Number(s):
SAND2000-0581
TRN: AH200018%%358
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Mar 2000
Research Org:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org:
US Department of Energy (US)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 47 OTHER INSTRUMENTATION; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; SPECTROMETERS; USES; COMMERCIALIZATION; TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT; CHEMICAL EXPLOSIVES; DRUGS; BIOLOGICAL WARFARE AGENTS; CHEMICAL WARFARE AGENTS; PORTABLE EQUIPMENT; ION MOBILITY