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Design of an NDIR gas sensor with two non-symmetric Fabry-Perot absorber-structures working as IR-emitter and IR-detector
Author(s): Johann Mayrwöger; Wolfgang Reichl; Christian Krutzler; Bernhard Jakoby
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Paper Abstract

Every gas (e.g. CO2) absorbs IR-radiation at individual gas specific IR-wavelengths. Non-dispersive infrared (NDIR) gas sensors exploit this property for gas monitoring. Such sensors are used in various applications, e.g. for control of air quality in office buildings or cars. This is a big market for low cost sensors. A NDIR sensor consists basically of three components: an IR-emitter, a chamber containing the sample gas, and an IR-detector with a filter for the observed wavelength. Commercially available systems use broadband IR-emitters (e.g.: micro-lamps) in combination with thermopile or pyroelectric detectors fabricated with a narrowband gas-specific IR-filter, e.g., an interference filter. We devised a concept for a simple and cost-effective NDIR-gas sensor based on two non-symmetric Fabry-Perot absorberstructures as IR-emitter and as IR-detector where no additional interference filter is needed. The presented sensor combines thin layer technology with optical sensing techniques. The system was first analyzed using ray tracing models based on a Monte Carlo method in order to model the response function of the system's sample chamber. For our results, the sample gas is CO2 where the major absorption is centered around 4.26μm.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 May 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7726, Optical Sensing and Detection, 77260J (13 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853516
Show Author Affiliations
Johann Mayrwöger, Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz (Austria)
Wolfgang Reichl, E+E Elektronik (Austria)
Christian Krutzler, Integrated Microsystems Austria (Austria)
Bernhard Jakoby, Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz (Austria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7726:
Optical Sensing and Detection
Francis Berghmans; Anna Grazia Mignani; Chris A. van Hoof, Editor(s)

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