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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 17 — Aug. 18, 2008
  • pp: 12607–12617

A novel, low-cost, high performance dissolved methane sensor for aqueous environments

Cédric Boulart, Matthew C. Mowlem, Douglas P. Connelly, Jean-Pierre Dutasta, and Christopher R. German  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 17, pp. 12607-12617 (2008)

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A new method for in-situ detection and measurement of dissolved methane in aqueous media/environments with a limit of detection of 0.2 nM (3σ, and t90~110s) and range (1–300 nM) is presented. The detection method is based on refractive index (RI) modulation of a modified PolyDiMethylSiloxane (PDMS) layer incorporating molecules of cryptophane-A [1] which have a selective and reversible affinity for methane [2]. The refractive index is accurately determined using surface plasmon resonance (SPR) [3]. A prototype sensor has been repeatedly tested, using a dissolved gas calibration system under a range of temperature and salinity regimes. Laboratory-based results show that the technique is specific, sensitive, and reversible. The method is suitable for miniaturization and incorporation into in situ sensor technology.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(130.6010) Integrated optics : Sensors
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and oceanic optics

Original Manuscript: April 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: May 28, 2008
Published: August 6, 2008

Cédric Boulart, Matthew C. Mowlem, Douglas P. Connelly, Jean-Pierre Dutasta, and Christopher R. German, "A novel, low-cost, high performance dissolved methane sensor for aqueous environments," Opt. Express 16, 12607-12617 (2008)

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