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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2007
  • pp: 907–915

Trace detection of atmospheric NO2 by laser-induced fluorescence using a GaN diode laser and a diode-pumped YAG laser

Fumikazu Taketani, Megumi Kawai, Kenshi Takahashi, and Yutaka Matsumi  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 6, pp. 907-915 (2007)

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Wereporton the development of a highly sensitive detection system for measuring atmospheric NO 2 by means of a laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique at 473   nm using a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser. A GaN-based laser diode emitting at 410   nm is also used as an alternative fluorescence-excitation source. For laboratory calibrations, standard NO 2 gas is diluted with synthetic air and is introduced into a fluorescence-detection cell. The NO 2 LIF signal is detected by a photomultiplier tube andprocessed by a photon-counting method. The minimum detectable limits of the NO 2 instrument developed have been estimated to be 0.14 ppbv and 0.39 ppbv (parts per billion, 10−9, by volume) in 60 s integration time (signal-to-noise ratio of 2) for 473 and 410   nm excitation systems, respectively. Practical performance of the instrument has been demonstrated by the 24 hour continuous measurements of ambient NO 2 in a suburban area.

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OCIS Codes
(010.0010) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric and oceanic optics
(010.1280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Atmospheric composition
(010.7030) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Troposphere
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3480) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, diode-pumped

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: August 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2006
Published: February 2, 2007

Fumikazu Taketani, Megumi Kawai, Kenshi Takahashi, and Yutaka Matsumi, "Trace detection of atmospheric NO2 by laser-induced fluorescence using a GaN diode laser and a diode-pumped YAG laser," Appl. Opt. 46, 907-915 (2007)

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