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2.9 micron laser source for use in the two-photon/laser-induced fluorescence detection of atmospheric OH
Author(s): John D. Bradshaw; Cornelius A. van Dijk
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Paper Abstract

A tandem Raman laser has been constructed using a 1.06 (mu) Nd:YAG laser as the fundamental pump source to generate a backward propagating stimulated Raman (D2 gas) source near 1.5 (mu) (185 mJ/pulse), which in turn is used to generate a second backward propagating stimulated Raman (CH4 gas) source near 2.9 (mu) . This 2.9 (mu) Raman Laser can now produce 18 mJ of near diffraction limited output energy. The anticipated sensitivity of a TP-LIF OH sensor using this mid-IR source would give signal limited (i.e. background free) limits of detection of 1.4 X 105 OH/cm3 under boundary layer conditions, and 5.5 X 104 OH/cm3 under free troposphere conditions for a five minute signal integration period. This level of performance coupled with the techniques nonperturbing nature (i.e. direct measurement) and freedom from both interferences and background would allow reliable tropospheric OH measurements to be obtained under virtually any ambient condition of current interest, including interstitial cloud sampling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1991
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1433, Measurement of Atmospheric Gases, (1 May 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46155
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John D. Bradshaw, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
Cornelius A. van Dijk, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1433:
Measurement of Atmospheric Gases
Harold I. Schiff, Editor(s)

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