Cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy with a red LED source for NOx trace analysis
Incoherent broad-band cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (IBB-CEAS) based on arc lamps has been around for a few years, but only two reports exist using light-emitting diodes (LEDs). We present a setup based on a 643-nm LED which is of interest for the simultaneous detection of NO3 and NO2. The latter is chosen for testing as it is stable and available in calibrated diluted samples. A detection limit in the ppbv range is obtained with 2-min averaging (5×10-9 /cm rms baseline noise level), comparable to the best performance of chemiluminescence devices used for pollution monitoring. At 1-s acquisition time, the detection limit is below 10 ppbv. Extrapolation to NO3 yields a detection limit of a few pptv for a few minutes averaging. We also test the retrieval of absolute sample absorption (and concentration) using the cavity mirror reflectivity obtained with a commercial spectrophotometer, and we conclude that a calibration based on a reference sample of known concentration is preferable for accurate concentration measurements with IBB-CEAS. Finally, we present a rigorous frequency-domain derivation of cavity transmission as a function of wavelength for a broad-band spectrally smooth source, which complements the time-domain derivation by Fiedler et al. This derivation exposes an issue with multiple transverse mode excitation inherent to this technique, which may result in slightly distorted spectral profiles.
KeywordsCharge Couple Device Transverse Mode Cavity Output Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy Cavity Transmission
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- 9.T. Gherman, D.S. Venables, S. Vaughan, J. Orphal, A.A. Ruth, Environ. Sci. Technol. 890, 42 (2008)Google Scholar