Applied Physics B

, Volume 90, Issue 2, pp 289–300 | Cite as

Trace gas monitoring with infrared laser-based detection schemes

  • M.W. Sigrist
  • R. Bartlome
  • D. Marinov
  • J.M. Rey
  • D.E. Vogler
  • H. Wächter


The success of laser-based trace gas sensing techniques crucially depends on the availability and performance of tunable laser sources combined with appropriate detection schemes. Besides near-infrared diode lasers, continuously tunable midinfrared quantum cascade lasers and nonlinear optical laser sources are preferentially employed today. Detection schemes are based on sensitive absorption measurements and comprise direct absorption in multi-pass cells as well as photoacoustic and cavity ringdown techniques in various configurations. We illustrate the performance of several systems implemented in our laboratory. These include time-resolved multicomponent traffic emission measurements with a mobile CO2-laser photoacoustic system, a diode-laser based cavity ringdown device for measurements of impurities in industrial process control, isotope ratio measurements with a difference frequency (DFG) laser source combined with balanced path length detection, detection of methylamines for breath analysis with both a near-IR diode laser and a DFG source, and finally, acetone measurements with a heatable multipass cell intended for vapor phase studies on doping agents in urine samples.


Methylamine Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Multipass Cell Color Center Laser Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M.W. Sigrist
    • 1
  • R. Bartlome
    • 1
  • D. Marinov
    • 1
  • J.M. Rey
    • 1
  • D.E. Vogler
    • 1
  • H. Wächter
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Quantum Electronics, Laser Spectroscopy and Sensing LabETH ZurichZürichSwitzerland

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