Applied Physics B

, Volume 103, Issue 2, pp 451-459

Faraday rotation spectrometer with sub-second response time for detection of nitric oxide using a cw DFB quantum cascade laser at 5.33 μm

  • P. KluczynskiAffiliated withIIA SLA R&D, Siemens AB Email author 
  • , S. LundqvistAffiliated withIIA SLA R&D, Siemens AB
  • , J. WestbergAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, Umeå University
  • , O. AxnerAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, Umeå University

Rent the article at a discount

Rent now

* Final gross prices may vary according to local VAT.

Get Access


A Faraday modulation spectrometer for sensitive and fast detection of nitric oxide at 5.33 μm utilizing a room temperature continuous wave distributed feedback quantum cascade laser and a Peltier cooled MCT detector is presented. The magnetic field was modulated at 7.4 kHz whereas the laser wavelength was scanned at 20 Hz across the most favorable rotational-vibrational transition for FAMOS, Q 3/2(3/2), at 5.33 μm. Using a 15 cm optical path and lineshape fitting, the spectrometer provides a detection limit of 4.5 ppb for a response time of 1 s. An Allan variance analysis demonstrates that the system has an excellent stability, up to several hours of operation.