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Title:Spectroscopic Detection Of Methane At A Ppt Sensitivity Level In Mid-ir With A Long-path Multipass Cell
Author(s):Schuessler, Hans A
Contributor(s):Kolomenskii, Alexandre; Bounds, James R; Rodriguez, Carlos; Xia, Jinbao
Subject(s):Spectroscopy as an analytical tool
Abstract:Highly sensitive detection of methane is important for biomedical applications, environmental monitoring, and the detection of leaks in the gas and oil industry. An ultra-high sensitivity sensor employing a mid-IR (MIR) interband cascade laser (center wavelength of 3.37 micron) and a multi-pass cell (MPC) was developed for methane detection. The ultra-high sensitivity is achieved due to the high absorbance in the MIR, a long interaction path length, and the implementation of a wavelet denoising processing algorithm. The long interaction path of 580 m was achieved with a confocal MCP and the distance between the mirrors of 1 m. The performance of the sensor was tested in two measuring modes: direct absorption spectroscopy (DAS) and wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS). For the sensor working in the DAS measurement mode the optimal set of sub-wavelet functions was determined and utilized for denoising and the minimum of the Allan deviation of the sensor of 3 ppb was achieved with an averaging time of 200 s. For the WMS measuring mode the sensor detection limit for methane of 560 ppt with 290 s averaging time was determined from the Allan deviation analysis. The developed sensor is suitable for a compact and portable design and has broad applicability in the high-sensitivity measurements of methane and other trace gases. This work was supported by the Robert A Welch Foundation, grant No A1546 and the T3 grant from Texas A and M University and Open Fund of State Key Laboratory of Applied Optics (SKLA02020001A12). [1] Jinbao Xia et al. A sensitive methane sensor of a ppt detection level using a mid-infrared interband cascade laser and a long-path multipass cell, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, 334, 129641 (2021). [2] Jinbao Xia: State Key Laboratory of Applied Optics, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences Changchun, 130033, China
Issue Date:2021-06-24
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-24

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