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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 18 — Aug. 27, 2012
  • pp: 20688–20697

Highly range-resolved ammonia detection using near-field picosecond differential absorption lidar

Billy Kaldvee, Christian Brackmann, Marcus Aldén, and Joakim Bood  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 18, pp. 20688-20697 (2012)

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Ammonia detection is highly relevant for combustion in boilers and furnaces since NH3 is able to suppress nitric oxide levels by catalytic as well as non-catalytic reduction. The mixing of ammonia with flue gases is an important parameter to obtain efficient non-catalytic reduction. In this paper picosecond DIAL was used for range-resolved, single ended, NH3 detection, utilizing a tunable picosecond laser source. The absorption spectrum of the A(ν2 = 1)←X(ν2 = 0) band was recorded and 212.2 and 214.5 nm was selected as the on- and off-resonance wavelength, respectively. One-dimensional concentration profiles with various NH3 concentration distributions are presented. The detection limit was found to be 40 ppm with a spatial resolution of 16 cm.

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OCIS Codes
(120.1740) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Combustion diagnostics
(280.1910) Remote sensing and sensors : DIAL, differential absorption lidar

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing

Original Manuscript: July 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 13, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2012
Published: August 24, 2012

Billy Kaldvee, Christian Brackmann, Marcus Aldén, and Joakim Bood, "Highly range-resolved ammonia detection using near-field picosecond differential absorption lidar," Opt. Express 20, 20688-20697 (2012)

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