Applied Physics B

, Volume 100, Issue 1, pp 125–130

NO trace gas sensor based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy and external cavity quantum cascade laser

  • V. Spagnolo
  • A. A. Kosterev
  • L. Dong
  • R. Lewicki
  • F. K. Tittel
Article

Abstract

A gas sensor based on quartz-enhanced photoacoustic detection and an external cavity quantum cascade laser was realized and characterized for trace nitric oxide monitoring using the NO R(6.5) absorption doublet at 1900.075 cm−1. Signal and noise dependence on gas pressure were studied to optimize sensor performance. The NO concentration resulting in a noise-equivalent signal was found to be 15 parts per billion by volume, with 100 mW optical excitation power and a data acquisition time of 5 s.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Spagnolo
    • 1
  • A. A. Kosterev
    • 2
  • L. Dong
    • 2
  • R. Lewicki
    • 2
  • F. K. Tittel
    • 2
  1. 1.CNR—Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie and Dipartimento Interateneo di Fisica “M. Merlin”Politecnico di BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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