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High-sensitivity high-selectivity detection of CWAs and TICs using tunable laser photoacoustic spectroscopy
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Paper Abstract

We provide a general technique for evaluating the performance of an optical sensor for the detection of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) in realistic environments and present data from a simulation model based on a field deployed discretely tunable 13CO2 laser photoacoustic spectrometer (L-PAS). Results of our calculations show the sensor performance in terms of usable sensor sensitivity as a function of probability of false positives (PFP). The false positives arise from the presence of many other gases in the ambient air that could be interferents. Using the L-PAS as it exists today, we can achieve a detection threshold of about 4 ppb for the CWAs while maintaining a PFP of less than 1:106. Our simulation permits us to vary a number of parameters in the model to provide guidance for performance improvement. We find that by using a larger density of laser lines (such as those obtained through the use of tunable semiconductor lasers), improving the detector noise and maintaining the accuracy of laser frequency determination, optical detection schemes can make possible CWA sensors having sub-ppb detection capability with <1:108 PFP. We also describe the results of a preliminary experiment that verifies the results of the simulation model. Finally, we discuss the use of continuously tunable quantum cascade lasers in L-PAS for CWA and TIC detection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 March 2005
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 5732, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices II, (25 March 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.582680
Show Author Affiliations
Michael Pushkarsky, Pranalytica, Inc. (United States)
Michael Webber, Pranalytica, Inc. (United States)
C. Kumar N. Patel, Pranalytica, Inc. (United States)
Univ. of California/Los Angeles (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5732:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices II
Manijeh Razeghi; Gail J. Brown, Editor(s)

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