A compact ammonia sensor based on a 10-μm single-frequency, thermoelectrically cooled, pulsed quantum-cascade laser with an embedded distributed feedback structure has been developed. To measure NH<sub>3</sub> concentrations, we scanned the laser over two absorption lines of its fundamental ν<sub>2</sub> band. A sensitivity of better than 0.3 parts per million was achieved with just a 1-m optical path length. The sensor is computer controlled and automated to monitor NH<sub>3</sub> concentrations continuously for extended periods of time and to store data in the computer memory.
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Anatoliy A. Kosterev, Robert F. Curl, Frank K. Tittel, Rüdeger Köhler, Claire Gmachl, Federico Capasso, Deborah L. Sivco, and Alfred Y. Cho, "Transportable Automated Ammonia Sensor Based on a Pulsed Thermoelectrically Cooled Quantum-Cascade Distributed Feedback Laser," Appl. Opt. 41, 573-578 (2002)