ApplicationNo. 594267 filed on 10/03/1990
US Classes:422/89, Gas chromatography422/91With photometric detector
ExaminersPrimary: Hunt, Brooks H.
Assistant: Jenkins, Daniel J.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassG01N 030/02
AbstractDisclosed are a method and apparatus for high speed, selective detection of vapors of specific compounds, particularly nitrogen-containing compounds, utilizing, a bypass branch and high speed gas chromatography for improved selectively and sensitivity of detection. A system with two gas chromatographs (GC's) alternating in series with two pyrolyzers provides two time intervals of detection in a downstream detector, with the second time interval containing signals delayed and further separated relative to signals from the first time interval. The bypass branch, in diverting a portion of the flow of gas samples from passage through the second gas chromatograph and second pyrolyzer, avoids interferences in the first time interval of detection from non-GC-retained compounds decomposed in the second pyrolyzer. Also disclosed is an arrangement for rapid, precise heating of vapor concentrator tubes in which vapors are rapidly focussed and then injected into a GC, and for rapid, precise heating of the GC's.