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Applied Physics B

, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp 165–176 | Cite as

Application of quantum cascade lasers to trace gas analysis

  • A. Kosterev
  • G. Wysocki
  • Y. Bakhirkin
  • S. So
  • R. Lewicki
  • M. Fraser
  • F. TittelEmail author
  • R.F. Curl
Article

Abstract

Quantum cascade (QC) lasers are virtually ideal mid-infrared sources for trace gas monitoring. They can be fabricated to operate at any of a very wide range of wavelengths from ∼ 3 μm to ∼ 24 μm. Seizing the opportunity presented by mid-infrared QC lasers, several groups world-wide are actively applying them to trace gas sensing. Real world applications include environmental monitoring, industrial process control and biomedical diagnostics. In our laboratory we have explored the use of several methods for carrying out absorption spectroscopy with these sources, which include multipass absorption spectroscopy, cavity ring down spectroscopy (CRDS), integrated cavity output spectroscopy (ICOS), and quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS).

Keywords

Quantum Cascade Laser Quartz Tuning Fork Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy Multipass Cell Integrate Cavity Output Spectroscopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Kosterev
    • 1
  • G. Wysocki
    • 1
  • Y. Bakhirkin
    • 1
  • S. So
    • 1
  • R. Lewicki
    • 1
  • M. Fraser
    • 1
  • F. Tittel
    • 1
    Email author
  • R.F. Curl
    • 1
  1. 1.Rice Quantum InstituteRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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