Cavity enhanced molecular spectroscopy: a powerful tool to detect trace gases

Year: 1999

Authors: Gianfrani L., Gagliardi G.,

Autors Affiliation: Univ Naples 2, Dipartimento Sci Ambientali, I-81100 Caserta, Italy

Abstract: A novel technique to measure trace gas concentrations is reported. It is based on a high finesse Fabry-Perot cavity, used as a gas cell, thus providing very long interaction path-lengths. As in Cavity-Ring-Down Spectroscopy, light absorption inside the cavity is detected, but measurements are performed in the frequency domain instead of the commonly used time domain. Moreover, wavelength modulation spectroscopy is performed for sensitive detection of absorption losses. Monitoring of water vapour near 1400 nm is demonstrated using this method.

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KeyWords: Absorption spectroscopy; Atmospheric chemistry; Frequency domain analysis; Molecular spectroscopy; Remote sensing; Semiconductor lasers; Vapors, Cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS); Fabry-Perot cavities, Trace analysis

Citations: 3
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