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New laser system for sensitive remote sensing of ammonia in human breath
Author(s): Mostafa Hamza; Mohammad Hamza Sayed El-Ahl; Ahmad Mohammad Hamza
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the theory and design of a new laser system for monitoring ammonia in human breath to provide information on the clinical course in patients with liver disease. The technique depends upon proper illumination of human breath with radiation from modulated laser sources at selected wavelengths. The wavelength selection is based on the absorption characteristics of ammonia and other interfering sources. The laser radiation transmitted through the breath gases is detected and their signal processing is based on differential absorption laser spectroscopy. This is done in such a way to overcome the performance limitations of conventionally available equipment. The detailed description and operating characteristics of this system are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 November 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3855, Air Monitoring and Detection of Chemical and Biological Agents II, (30 November 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.371276
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Mostafa Hamza, Mansoura Univ. (Egypt)
Mohammad Hamza Sayed El-Ahl, Military Medical Academy (Egypt)
Ahmad Mohammad Hamza, Tabarak Children's Hospital (Egypt)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3855:
Air Monitoring and Detection of Chemical and Biological Agents II
Joseph Leonelli; Mark L.G. Althouse, Editor(s)

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