, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 125-130
Date: 17 Mar 2010

NO trace gas sensor based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy and external cavity quantum cascade laser

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Abstract

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.