Mass Loading Characteristics of Crystal Clock OscillatorsThe 10-MHz piezoelectric quartz-crystal microbalance (QCM) has been used extensively for stratospheric aerosol sampling. We have undertaken laboratory studies of the QCM response to mass loading by trace gases. However, this device requires dual oscillator circuitry and the mass sensitivity can often be affected by the electronics. The coatings on the quartz crystals are sometimes difficult to remove after they have reacted with a particular gas and a disposable crystal system would be desirable. The cost of the dual oscillator-based QCM makes this a prohibitive option. Since our goal is to develop a cost-effective microbalance system with stable electronics we have begun testing of crystal clock oscillators, which are assembled with their own circuitry. We have been using chemically specific coatings for ozone to determine if the sensitivity and mass-frequency ratios are comparable to that of the 10-MHz QCM.
Cobb, Janel (Howard Univ. Washington, DC United States)
Morris, V. R. (Howard Univ. Washington, DC United States)
Thorpe, A. N. (Howard Univ. Washington, DC United States)
August 17, 2013
January 1, 1997
Publication: The First National Student Conference: NASA University Research Centers at Minority Institutions