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Analysis of trace impurities in neon by a customized gas chromatography A

Yin, Min Kyo, Lim, Jeong Sik, Moon, Dong Min, Lee, Gae Ho, Lee, Jeongsoon
Journal of chromatography 2016 v.1463 pp. 144-152
carbon dioxide, detection limit, detectors, gas chromatography, gases, hydrogen, industry, ionization, lasers, methane, neon, oxygen, semiconductors, thermal conductivity
Excimer lasers, widely used in the semiconductor industry, are crucial for analyzing the purity of premix laser gases for the purpose of controlling stable laser output power. In this study, we designed a system for analyzing impurities in pure neon (Ne) base gas by customized GC. Impurities in pure neon (H2 and He), which cannot be analyzed at the sub-μmol/mol level using commercial GC detectors, were analyzed by a customized pulsed-discharge Ne ionization detector (PDNeD) and a pressurized injection thermal conductivity detector using Ne as the carrier gas (Pres. Inj. Ne-TCD). From the results, trace species in Ne were identified with the following detection limits: H2, 0.378μmol/mol; O2, 0.119μmol/mol; CH4, 0.880μmol/mol; CO, 0.263μmol/mol; CO2, 0.162μmol/mol (PDNeD); and He, 0.190μmol/mol (Pres. Inj. Ne-TCD). This PDNeD and pressurized injection Ne-TCD technique thus developed permit the quantification of trace impurities present in high-purity Ne.