Applied Physics B

, Volume 82, Issue 1, pp 149–154 | Cite as

Sub-ppbv nitric oxide concentration measurements using cw thermoelectrically cooled quantum cascade laser-based integrated cavity output spectroscopy

  • Y.A. Bakhirkin
  • A.A. Kosterev
  • R.F. Curl
  • F.K. Tittel
  • D.A. Yarekha
  • L. Hvozdara
  • M. Giovannini
  • J. Faist


A nitric oxide (NO) gas sensor based on a thermoelectrically cooled, continuous-wave, distributed feedback quantum cascade laser operating at 5.45 μm (1835 cm-1) and off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy combined with a wavelength-modulation technique was developed to determine NO concentrations at the sub-ppbv levels that are essential for a number of applications, such as medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring, and industrial process control. The sensor employs a 50-cm-long high-finesse optical cavity that provides an effective path length of ∼700 m. A noise equivalent (SNR=1) minimum detection limit of 0.7 ppbv with a 1-s observation time was achieved.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y.A. Bakhirkin
    • 1
  • A.A. Kosterev
    • 1
  • R.F. Curl
    • 1
  • F.K. Tittel
    • 1
  • D.A. Yarekha
    • 2
  • L. Hvozdara
    • 2
  • M. Giovannini
    • 2
  • J. Faist
    • 2
  1. 1.Rice Quantum InstituteRice UniversityHoustonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of NeuchatelNeuchatelSwitzerland

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