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Cw-OPO-based photoacoustic spectrometer for highly sensitive detection of ethane and other volatile organic compounds
Author(s): Frank Mueller; Alexander Popp; Stephan Schiller; Frank Kuehnemann
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Paper Abstract

We present an all-solid-state, transportable photoacoustic spectrometer operated with a continuous-wave optical parametric oscillator. The PPLN-based OPO has a dual cavity configuration (pump-resonant singly-resonant) in order to combine low threshold with good tuning characteristics. A complete spectral coverage between 3.1 and 3.9 μm with a single-frequency output power of 2 x 100 mW is achieved. At 30 seconds lock-in time constant the noise level of the background corresponds to a minimum absorption coefficient of 7.2 x 10-10 cm-1, yielding an ethane detection limit of 25 ppt. The OPO based photoacoustic spectrometer including the wavemeter is installed on a 120 cm x 75 cm breadboard. The ethane concentration of ambient air is determined by a multigas analysis. Additionally an online-measurement of biogenic ethane emissions by a freeze-stressed lima bean leaf is presented. The results indicate a high potential of this transportable spectrometer for biological and medical applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5320, Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing, (12 July 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.532706
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Frank Mueller, Univ. Bonn (Germany)
Univ. Duesseldorf (Germany)
Alexander Popp, Univ. Bonn (Germany)
Technische Univ. Dresden (Germany)
Stephan Schiller, Heinrich-Heine-Univ. Duesseldorf (Germany)
Frank Kuehnemann, Univ. Bonn (Germany)
Max Planck Institut fur Chemische Okologie (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5320:
Photons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing
Alexander A. Oraevsky; Lihong V. Wang, Editor(s)

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