Carbon dioxide (CO2) trace gas detection based on quartz enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) using a distributed feedback diode laser operating at λ=2 μm is performed, with a primary purpose of studying vibrational relaxation processes in the CO2-N 2-H2O system. A simple model is developed and used to explain the experimentally observed dependence of amplitude and phase of the photoacoustic signal on pressure and gas humidity. A (1σ) sensitivity of 110 parts-per-million (with a 1 s lock-in time constant) was obtained for CO2 concentrations measured in humid gas samples.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
- Physics and Astronomy(all)