A compact absorption spectrometer with a midinfrared tunable quantum cascade laser operating at 4.86 μm (2054 cm-1) is used to measure lower concentrations of carbonyl sulfide (COS) in air. A detection sensitivity of ∼30 parts in 109 of COS and the selectivity of two stable isotopes, 12C16O32S and 12C 16O34S, are demonstrated. Specifically, the feasibility of detecting COS in expired human breath as a potential noninvasive medical diagnostic tool is investigated.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics