The Tracera comes with Plasma technology which is the future of GC detection. The system utilizes the new Barrier Discharge Ionization Detector (BID) technology coupled with a GC-2010 Plus capillary gas chromatograph to create a GC system that makes it possible to reveal trace components that are difficult to see by other GC detectors.
The barrier discharge ionization detector (BID) is a highly sensitive device that creates ionization from a Helium-based, dielectric barrier discharge plasma. A 17.7eV plasma is generated by applying a high voltage to a quartz dielectric chamber, in the presence of helium at a relatively low temperature.Compounds that elute from the GC column are ionized by this He plasma energy and then detected by the collection electrode and processed as peaks.The BID provides a detection sensitivity over 100X higher than Thermal conductivity Detection (TCD), 2X higher than Flame Ionization Detector (FID). Across the different compound classes, the BID is more sensitive and exhibits a more consistent response than the FID. With a maximum operating temperature of 350 Deg C, the BID is capable of analyzing compounds upto n-C44.