NO trace gas sensor based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy and external cavity quantum cascade laser
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- Spagnolo, V., Kosterev, A.A., Dong, L. et al. Appl. Phys. B (2010) 100: 125. doi:10.1007/s00340-010-3984-z
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A gas sensor based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic detection and an external cavity quantum cascade laser was realized and characterized for trace nitric oxide monitoring using the NO R(6.5) absorption doublet at 1900.075 cm−1. Signal and noise dependence on gas pressure were studied to optimize sensor performance. The NO concentration resulting in a noise-equivalent signal was found to be 15 parts per billion by volume, with 100 mW optical excitation power and a data acquisition time of 5 s.