J. Phys. IV France
Volume 125, June 2005
Page(s) 619 - 625

J. Phys. IV France 125 (2005) 619-625

DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2005125142

Perspectives of laser-photoacoustic spectroscopy in trace gas sensing

M.W. Sigrist and C. Fischer

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Institute of Quantum Electronics, Laser Spectroscopy and Sensing Laboratory, Hoenggerberg, HPF D19, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland

Laser-based sensing techniques are attracting great interest in various fields of application, notably in trace gas monitoring and analysis. Among various detection schemes, photoacoustic monitoring offers some unique features. The performance of a laser-photoacoustic system crucially depends on the availability of appropriate laser sources, modulation schemes and the design of the photoacoustic gas cell. Here we discuss various point-monitoring laser-photoacoustic sensor systems employing different lasers and acoustic cell configurations. Examples include laboratory gas analyses as well as in situ measurements.

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