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Higs-instrument: design and demonstration of a high performance gas concentration imager
Author(s): A. L. Verlaan; W. A. Klop; H. Visser; H. van Brug; J. Human

Paper Abstract

Climate change and environmental conditions are high on the political agenda of international governments. Laws and regulations are being setup all around the world to improve the air quality and to reduce the impact. The growth of a number of trace gasses, including CO2, Methane and NOx are especially interesting due to their environmental impact. The regulations made are being based on both models and measurements of the trend of those trace gases over the years. Now the regulations are in place also enforcement and therewith measurements become more and more important. Instruments enabling high spectral and spatial resolution as well as high accurate measurements of trace gases are required to deliver the necessary inputs. Nowadays those measurements are usually performed by space based spectrometers. The requirement for high spectral resolution and measurement accuracy significantly increases the size of the instruments. As a result the instrument and satellite becomes very expensive to develop and to launch. Specialized instruments with a small volume and the required performance will offer significant advantages in both cost and performance. Huib’s Innovative Gas Sensor (HIGS, named after its inventor Huib Visser), currently being developed at TNO is an instrument that achieves exactly that. Designed to measure only a single gas concentration, opposed to deriving it from a spectrum, it achieves high performance within a small design volume. The instrument enables instantaneous imaging of the gas distribution of the selected gas. An instrument demonstrator has been developed for NO2 detection. Laboratory measurements proved the measurement technique to be successful. An on-sky measurement campaign is in preparation. This paper addresses both the instrument design as well as the demonstrated performances.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 September 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10562, International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2016, 105625Z (25 September 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2296246
Show Author Affiliations
A. L. Verlaan, TNO (Netherlands)
W. A. Klop, TNO (Netherlands)
H. Visser, TNO (Netherlands)
H. van Brug, TNO (Netherlands)
J. Human, TNO (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10562:
International Conference on Space Optics — ICSO 2016
Bruno Cugny; Nikos Karafolas; Zoran Sodnik, Editor(s)

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