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Sensors 2013, 13(7), 8170-8187; doi:10.3390/s130708170
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Measurements of the Weak UV Absorptions of Isoprene and Acetone at 261–275 nm Using Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy for Evaluation of a Potential Portable Ringdown Breath Analyzer

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Received: 29 April 2013; in revised form: 17 June 2013 / Accepted: 21 June 2013 / Published: 26 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract: The weak absorption spectra of isoprene and acetone have been measured in the wavelength range of 261–275 nm using cavity ringdown spectroscopy. The measured absorption cross-sections of isoprene in the wavelength region of 261–266 nm range from 3.65 × 10−21 cm2·molecule−1 at 261 nm to 1.42 × 10−21 cm2·molecule−1 at 266 nm; these numbers are in good agreement with the values reported in the literature. In the longer wavelength range of 270–275 nm, however, where attractive applications using a single wavelength compact diode laser operating at 274 nm is located, isoprene has been reported in the literature to have no absorption (too weak to be detected). Small absorption cross-sections of isoprene in this longer wavelength region are measured using cavity ringdown spectroscopy for the first time in this work, i.e., 6.20 × 10−23 cm2·molecule−1 at 275 nm. With the same experimental system, wavelength-dependent absorption cross-sections of acetone have also been measured. Theoretical detection limits of isoprene and comparisons of absorbance of isoprene, acetone, and healthy breath gas in this wavelength region are also discussed.
Keywords: UV absorption cross-sections; breath biomarker; isoprene; acetone; CRDS UV absorption cross-sections; breath biomarker; isoprene; acetone; CRDS
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Sahay, P.; Scherrer, S.T.; Wang, C. Measurements of the Weak UV Absorptions of Isoprene and Acetone at 261–275 nm Using Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy for Evaluation of a Potential Portable Ringdown Breath Analyzer. Sensors 2013, 13, 8170-8187.

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Sahay P, Scherrer ST, Wang C. Measurements of the Weak UV Absorptions of Isoprene and Acetone at 261–275 nm Using Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy for Evaluation of a Potential Portable Ringdown Breath Analyzer. Sensors. 2013; 13(7):8170-8187.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Sahay, Peeyush; Scherrer, Susan T.; Wang, Chuji. 2013. "Measurements of the Weak UV Absorptions of Isoprene and Acetone at 261–275 nm Using Cavity Ringdown Spectroscopy for Evaluation of a Potential Portable Ringdown Breath Analyzer." Sensors 13, no. 7: 8170-8187.



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