Emily Jones 
Pulsed Oscillating Mass Spectrometer

The mass spectrometer is a widely used analytical instrument that identifies chemical substances by their weight. There are many types of mass spectrometers in use today, including quadrupole and time of flight. A new type of mass spectrometer, the pulsed oscillating mass spectrometer (POMS), was developed in 2005. We have built a POMS and are characterizing and improving its performance. POMS instruments appear to be advantageous for their simplicity of operation and their unique compactness compared to other types of mass spectrometers. We will show how the POMS instrument works and what we have done to improve its limitations.

Faculty Mentor: George McBane

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