Electronics Authenticity Testing Using Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography
Technology has become increasingly more prevalent in all aspects of society since the age of the computer. The United States Military has successfully integrated the powerful processing capabilities of computers to increase the proficiency and lethality of its Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen. However, this increased lethality comes at risk due to the inherent vulnerabilities of computer systems to spyware, malware, and counterfeit components. Inspired by the ability of canines to seek out and find electronic devices, this research sought methods to characterize components by their “scent” using precise analytical tools. Using these tools, this thesis sought to develop and utilize non-invasive methods to show proof-of-concept for electronic device classification by volatile compounds unique to different types of components. The findings of this research proved that electronic components that vary by age, origin, type, or manufacturer emit different volatile compounds available for detection using modern two-dimensional gas chromatography and solid-phase microextraction technologies. If developed further, the methods used in this research have the potential for application in the United States Department of Defense to ensure that all electronic components installed in their systems are authentic, come from a trusted source, and can be relied upon in even the most stressful operating conditions.