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RES-Q-Trace: A Mobile CEAS-Based Demonstrator for Multi-Component Trace Gas Detection in the MIR

Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP), Felix-Hausdorff-Str. 2, 17489 Greifswald, Germany
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Sensors 2018, 18(7), 2058; https://doi.org/10.3390/s18072058
Received: 17 May 2018 / Revised: 22 June 2018 / Accepted: 25 June 2018 / Published: 27 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Spectroscopy Based Sensors)
Sensitive trace gas detection plays an important role in current challenges occurring in areas such as industrial process control and environmental monitoring. In particular, for medical breath analysis and for the detection of illegal substances, e.g., drugs and explosives, a selective and sensitive detection of trace gases in real-time is required. We report on a compact and transportable multi-component system (RES-Q-Trace) for molecular trace gas detection based on cavity-enhanced techniques in the mid-infrared (MIR). The RES-Q-Trace system can operate four independent continuous wave quantum or interband cascade lasers each combined with an optical cavity. Twice the method of off-axis cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OA-CEAS) was used, twice the method of optical feedback cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (OF-CEAS), respectively. Multi-functional software has been implemented (i) for the general system control; (ii) to drive the four different laser sources and (iii) to analyze the detector signals for concentration determination of several molecular species. For the validation of the versatility and the performance of the RES-Q-Trace instrument the species NO, N2O, CH4, C2H4 and C3H6O, with relevance in the fields of breath gas analysis and the detection of explosives have been monitored in the MIR with detection limits at atmospheric pressure in the ppb and ppt range. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantum cascade laser; interband cascade laser; absorption spectroscopy; cavity-enhanced spectroscopy; trace gas sensing quantum cascade laser; interband cascade laser; absorption spectroscopy; cavity-enhanced spectroscopy; trace gas sensing
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Lang, N.; Macherius, U.; Zimmermann, H.; Glitsch, S.; Wiese, M.; Röpcke, J.; Van Helden, J.-P.H. RES-Q-Trace: A Mobile CEAS-Based Demonstrator for Multi-Component Trace Gas Detection in the MIR. Sensors 2018, 18, 2058. https://doi.org/10.3390/s18072058

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Lang N, Macherius U, Zimmermann H, Glitsch S, Wiese M, Röpcke J, Van Helden J-PH. RES-Q-Trace: A Mobile CEAS-Based Demonstrator for Multi-Component Trace Gas Detection in the MIR. Sensors. 2018; 18(7):2058. https://doi.org/10.3390/s18072058

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Lang, Norbert; Macherius, Uwe; Zimmermann, Henrik; Glitsch, Sven; Wiese, Mathias; Röpcke, Jürgen; Van Helden, Jean-Pierre H. 2018. "RES-Q-Trace: A Mobile CEAS-Based Demonstrator for Multi-Component Trace Gas Detection in the MIR" Sensors 18, no. 7: 2058. https://doi.org/10.3390/s18072058

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