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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2294–2306

Detection of nitric oxide at low ppb m concentrations by differential absorption spectrometry using a fully diode-laser-based ultraviolet laser system

Jie Shao, Lemthong Lathdavong, Phaythoune Thavixay, and Ove Axner  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2294-2306 (2007)

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An instrumentation for detection of nitric oxide ( NO ) by direct absorption spectrometry in the parts in 10 9 (ppb) range on its electronic X 2 Π ( ν = 0 ) A 2 Σ + ( ν = 0 ) transition has been constructed around a commercially available fully diode-laser-based laser system producing milliwatts powers of ultraviolet light at 226.6 nm , and its analytical performance has been evaluated. It is shown that the system is capable of detecting NO down to 3 ppb m under low-pressure conditions (at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3 for a signal averaging of 5 s ), which is 2 orders of magnitude below that of any other diode-laser-based absorption technique. The combined line strength of the targeted lines was assessed to 3.1 × 10 18 cm 1 ( molecule cm 2 ) , which supersedes typical line strengths of the fundamental vibrational band and the first and second overtone bands of NO by 2 , 4 , and 5 orders of magnitude, respectively. Also the collision broadening and shift of the targeted lines in NO by N 2 have been assessed.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers
(300.6540) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultraviolet

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Original Manuscript: February 26, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 29, 2007
Published: August 21, 2007

Jie Shao, Lemthong Lathdavong, Phaythoune Thavixay, and Ove Axner, "Detection of nitric oxide at low ppb∙m concentrations by differential absorption spectrometry using a fully diode-laser-based ultraviolet laser system," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2294-2306 (2007)

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