Analysis of Biological Particles by Mass Spectrometry
Final technical rept. Jun 1981-Jun 1984
JET PROPULSION LAB PASADENA CA
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A new method has been developed for the rapid characterization of aerosol particles of biological nature using the technique of Particle Analysis by Mass Spectrometry PAMS. PAMS is a combination of particle beam generation with mass spectrometry. Mass spectral measurements were made on individual biological aerosol particles using this method. The generation of mass spectra directly from aerosols on a single particle basis makes PAMS a unique method for the detection and identification of biological particles in air on a instantaneous basis. Aerosols of various organic compounds, and microorganisms were produced by nebulizing their suspensions, and were introduced into the ion source of a quadrupole mass spectrometer in the form of a beam. It is found that the particle beam method provides a well-controlled means for introducing one particle at a time into the ion source. Two methods for the volatilization and ionization of particles were studied thermal volatilization followed by electron impact ionization, and laser-induced volatilization and ionization. Originator furnished keywords include Particle analysis by mass spectrometry PAMS Individual biological particle Pyrolysis-mass spectrometry Py-MS Particle beam Aerosols Bacteria particle mass spectra Beam generator Volatilization and ionization Continuous, real-time detection.
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