CosmOrbitrap - high resolution mass spectrometer for space application

LE STUDIUM Multidisciplinary Journal, 2021, 5, 80-85

Illia Zymak1,2,3, Arnaud Sanderink 2,4, Jan Žabka 5, Jean-Pierre Lebreton 2, Bertrand Gaubicher 2, Anna Zymaková 3, Miroslav Polášek 5 and Christelle Briois 2
1 LE STUDIUM Institute for Advanced Studies, 45000 Orléans, France.
2 Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie de l’;Environnement et de l’Espace (LPC2E), UMR7328 CNRS/Université d’Orléans/CNES, 3A, Avenue de la Recherche Scientifique, 45071 Orléans, France
3 ELI Beamlines, Institute of Physics, Czech Academy of Sciences, Za Radnicí 835, Dolní Břežany, Czech Republic
4 Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Freie Universität Berlin, Malteserstraße 74‐100, D‐12249 Berlin, Germany
5 J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Dolejškova 3,182 23, Prague 8, Czech Republic


A scientific request for an efficient instrument for unambiguous in-situ analysis of the composition of the Solar system rises up, since an abundance of complex organic compounds at planets, moons and interplanetary medium has been experimentally confirmed. New experimental data will unveil chemical history of the Solar System and probable mechanisms of formation of extraterrestrial organic compounds. A space-grade Orbitrap™-based high-resolution mass spectrometer will allow to obtain required data. In scope of this research project, Lab-CosmOrbitrap and OLYMPIA mass analyzer instruments developed within the CosmOrbitrap project were optimized. New sampling systems and ionization mechanisms proposed for the future space-grade instruments have been developed and evaluated. Experimental calibration data for solid (the real Moon fragment) and gaseous samples (He, C2H4, N2 and CO) required for the currently designed space instruments (CRATER, CORALS and HANKA) were measured.


CosmOrbitrap, Orbitrap, C - trap, no C-trap, gas-phase sample, solid sample, spaceborne spectrometer
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