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Sensors 2015, 15(6), 13110-13120; doi:10.3390/s150613110

Signal-to-Noise Enhancement of a Nanospring Redox-Based Sensor by Lock-in Amplification

Department of Physics, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
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Received: 27 April 2015 / Revised: 1 June 2015 / Accepted: 2 June 2015 / Published: 4 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gas Sensors—Designs and Applications)
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A significant improvement of the response characteristics of a redox chemical gas sensor (chemiresistor) constructed with a single ZnO coated silica nanospring has been achieved with the technique of lock-in signal amplification. The comparison of DC and analog lock-in amplifier (LIA) AC measurements of the electrical sensor response to toluene vapor, at the ppm level, has been conducted. When operated in the DC detection mode, the sensor exhibits a relatively high sensitivity to the analyte vapor, as well as a low detection limit at the 10 ppm level. However, at 10 ppm the signal-to-noise ratio is 5 dB, which is less than desirable. When operated in the analog LIA mode, the signal-to-noise ratio at 10 ppm increases by 30 dB and extends the detection limit to the ppb range. View Full-Text
Keywords: MOS; gas sensor; ZnO; lock-in amplifier MOS; gas sensor; ZnO; lock-in amplifier
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Bakharev, P.V.; McIlroy, D.N. Signal-to-Noise Enhancement of a Nanospring Redox-Based Sensor by Lock-in Amplification. Sensors 2015, 15, 13110-13120.

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