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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 2584–2594

Laser absorption spectroscopy of oxygen confined in highly porous hollow sphere xerogel

Lin Yang, Gabriel Somesfalean, and Sailing He  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 2584-2594 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.002584


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Abstract

An Al2O3 xerogel with a distinctive microstructure is studied for the application of laser absorption spectroscopy of oxygen. The xerogel has an exceptionally high porosity (up to 88%) and a large pore size (up to 3.6µm). Using the method of gas-in-scattering media absorption spectroscopy (GASMAS), a long optical path length (about 3.5m) and high enhancement factor (over 300 times) are achieved as the result of extremely strong multiple-scattering when the light is transmitted through the air-filled, hollow-sphere alumina xerogel. We investigate how the micro-physical feature influences the optical property. As part of the optical sensing system, the material’s gas exchange dynamics are also experimentally studied.

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OCIS Codes
(160.1890) Materials : Detector materials
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(290.7050) Scattering : Turbid media
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

History
Original Manuscript: December 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 18, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 22, 2014
Published: January 29, 2014

Citation
Lin Yang, Gabriel Somesfalean, and Sailing He, "Laser absorption spectroscopy of oxygen confined in highly porous hollow sphere xerogel," Opt. Express 22, 2584-2594 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-3-2584


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