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Mid-IR LEDs for broad-band optical gas-detection systems
Author(s): John R. Saffell; Sean Francois Johnston
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, mid infrared detection has been performed using black body sources and filters. With the availability of infrared LEDs, which emit between the 2 - 5 micrometers wavelength, solid state gas cells can be designed which eliminate the broad spectrum problem of black body source and allow ac signal detection without mechanical chopper wheels. Dedicated microprocessors also allow other advantages, including over-sampling and, in certain applications, emitter low power mode to reduce power consumption. Results are shown for gas cells to detect carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons. LED optical gas cells are applicable to systems that require low power drain, small size, log-term stability and/or fast warm up time. Laser Monitoring Systems Ltd has developed a family of infrared LEDs with narrower optical bandwidth that can be optically modulated by electrical pulses. These infrared LEDs can thus replace the thermal source, bandpass filters and chopper wheel of the conventional monitor, giving a solid state, lower powered, fast response and contact instrument.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 1995
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2366, Optical Instrumentation for Gas Emissions Monitoring and Atmospheric Measurements, (10 February 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.205592
Show Author Affiliations
John R. Saffell, Laser Monitoring Systems (United Kingdom)
Sean Francois Johnston, Brecon House (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2366:
Optical Instrumentation for Gas Emissions Monitoring and Atmospheric Measurements
Michael G. Yost; Dennis K. Killinger; Joseph Leonelli; William Vaughan; Dennis K. Killinger; William Vaughan; Michael G. Yost, Editor(s)

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