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A near-infrared gas sensor system based on tunable laser absorption spectroscopy and its application in CH4/C2H2 detection
Author(s): Qixin He; Chuantao Zheng; Huifang Liu; Yiding Wang; Frank K. Tittel
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Paper Abstract

A near-infrared (NIR) dual-channel differential gas sensor system was experimentally demonstrated based on tunable laser absorption spectroscopy (TLAS) and wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS). The sensor consists of four modules, including distributed feedback (DFB) lasers for the detection of targeted gases, a custom portable DFB driver compatible for butterfly-packaged DFB lasers, a 20cm-long open-reflective gas-sensing probe and a custom costeffective lock-in amplifier for harmonic signal extraction. The optical and electrical modules were integrated into a standalone sensor system, which possesses advantages of user-friendly operation, good stability, small volume and low cost. With different DFB lasers, the sensor system can be used to detect different gases. Two DFB diode lasers with emission wavelengths of 1.65 μm and 1.53 μm were used to detect CH4 and C2H2, respectively. Standard CH4 and C2H2 samples were prepared and experiments were carried out to evaluate the performance of the two-gas TLAS sensor system. The relation between the second harmonic amplitudes (2f) and gas concentrations was obtained for the two gases by means of calibration. Both the detection error and the limit of detection (LoD) were determined experimentally. The sensor system will be useful in industrial trace gas monitoring due to its use of a low-loss optical fiber and an openreflective gas-sensing probe.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 January 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10111, Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIV, 1011135 (27 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2250965
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Qixin He, Jilin Univ. (China)
Chuantao Zheng, Jilin Univ. (China)
Rice Univ. (United States)
Huifang Liu, Jilin Univ. (China)
Yiding Wang, Jilin Univ. (China)
Frank K. Tittel, Rice Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10111:
Quantum Sensing and Nano Electronics and Photonics XIV
Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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