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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2012
  • pp: 4605–4611

Concentration measurement of NO using self-absorption spectroscopy of the γ band system in a pulsed corona discharge

Xiaodong Zhai, Yanjun Ding, Zhimin Peng, and Rui Luo  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 20, pp. 4605-4611 (2012)

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Nitric oxide (NO) concentrations were measured using the γ band system spectrum based on the strong self-absorption effect of NO in pulsed corona discharges. The radiative transitional intensities of the NO γ band were simulated based on the theory of molecular spectroscopy. The intensities of some bands, especially γ(0,0) and γ(1,0), are weakened by the self-absorption. The correlations between the spectral self-absorption intensities and NO concentration were validated using a modified Beer–Lambert law with a combined factor K relating the branching ratio and the NO concentration, and a nonlinear index α that is applicable to the broadband system. Optical emissive spectra in pulsed corona discharges in NO and N2/He mixtures were used to evaluate the two parameters for various conditions. Good agreement between the experimental and theoretical results verifies the self-absorption behavior seen in the UV spectra of the NO γ bands.

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OCIS Codes
(040.7190) Detectors : Ultraviolet
(120.4630) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical inspection
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence

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Original Manuscript: January 20, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2012
Published: July 2, 2012

Xiaodong Zhai, Yanjun Ding, Zhimin Peng, and Rui Luo, "Concentration measurement of NO using self-absorption spectroscopy of the γband system in a pulsed corona discharge," Appl. Opt. 51, 4605-4611 (2012)

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