Submarine Mass Spectrometer
Inventor: Richard Camilli
Publication No. US 8299424 B2
Overview: A submarine mass spectrometer capable of moving through the ocean, subsurface, and atmospheric environments to take samples over a large geographic area. Able to measure low molecular weight gasses dissolved in the water and volatile chemicals in the air and water, this small and lightweight mass spectrometer device can be combined with low power AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) and other manned and un-manned vehicles, to take samples over substantial distances and for a substantial period of time.
Technology: The mass spectrometer technology is small and requires little power and thereby facilitates the development of sample collection devices that can be placed at a remote location and operated for a substantial period of time from an on-board power supply such as a battery or a fuel cell.