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Liquid mixture detection by InGaAsP semiconductor lasers
Author(s): Xiang Zhu; Daniel T. Cassidy
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Paper Abstract

Compact liquid sensors were constructed by using the output of near-infrared semiconductor diode lasers to measure transmission. Multiple short external cavities were used to force diode lasers to provide a wide spectral coverage (approximately equals 72 nm) for the detection of broad absorption features of liquids. The transmission at discrete laser modes were processed by the principal component regression (PCR) and the partial least squares (PLS) algorithms. A root mean square error of prediction of 0.092% and a correlation coefficient R2 of 0.998 were obtained for the detection of water concentration in D2O. The rms value of 0.056% from 30 independent measurements of 0.5% water in D2P showed that the method was sensitive to detect 0.1% concentration difference. The application of the PCR and the PLS algorithms in the scheme was studied in a three mixture system of water, acetone and methanol in terms of optimizing factors and detection of 'outliers'. The limiting noise sources were determined by modeling synthetic data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 January 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3000, Laser Diode and LED Applications III, (10 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.263486
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Xiang Zhu, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Daniel T. Cassidy, McMaster Univ. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3000:
Laser Diode and LED Applications III
Kurt J. Linden, Editor(s)

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