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Nitric Oxide Analysis Down to ppt Levels by Optical-Feedback Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy

LIPhy, University Grenoble Alpes, CNRS, F-38000 Grenoble, France
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Sensors 2018, 18(7), 1997; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18071997
Received: 5 June 2018 / Revised: 18 June 2018 / Accepted: 19 June 2018 / Published: 22 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spectroscopy Based Sensors)
Monitoring nitric oxide at the trace level is required in a large range of applications. We report on a trace gas analyzer optimized for nitric oxide measurements by Optical Feedback Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy with an interband cascade laser at 5.3 µm. The short response time of the instrument allows for reaching the level of 50 ppt in only 180 ms. Its stability enables averaging up to 12 min to reach a detection limit of 0.9 ppt. Absolute concentration calibration requires to account for the optical saturation effect that results from the intense absorption line intensity addressed here, in the mid infrared region, in contrast to instruments that are operating in the near infrared region. View Full-Text
Keywords: nitric oxide; trace gas sensor; infrared laser spectroscopy; cavity enhanced spectroscopy; interband cascade laser; real-time monitoring nitric oxide; trace gas sensor; infrared laser spectroscopy; cavity enhanced spectroscopy; interband cascade laser; real-time monitoring
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Richard, L.; Romanini, D.; Ventrillard, I. Nitric Oxide Analysis Down to ppt Levels by Optical-Feedback Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy. Sensors 2018, 18, 1997.

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