Resonant photoacoustic simultaneous detection of methane and ethylene by means. of a 1.63-μm diode laser
- First Online:
- 157 Downloads
A compact multi-component trace-gas detector based on the resonant photoacoustic technique and a NIR external cavity diode laser has been developed. It has been characterized using a mixture of ethylene and methane diluted in ambient air. A spectroscopic investigation of combination bands and overtones between 5900 and 6250 cm-1, obtained with an IR pulsed laser photoacoustic spectrometer, allowed us to find a wavelength region where the 2ν3 overtone of CH4 and the ν5+ν9 combination band of C2H4 show uncongested rotational lines. Using a single-mode scan of the diode laser in this region, around 6150 cm-1, the sensitivity for the simultaneous detection of ethylene and methane is 8 ppm/mW and 40 ppm/mW respectively. Factors affecting the sensitivity and selectivity of the detection system and possible improvements suitable to reach the sub-ppm detection limit are discussed.
Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.