We report what we believe are the first spectroscopic measurements to be made with a room-temperature quantum-cascade distributed-feedback laser. Using wavelength modulation spectroscopy, we detected N2O and CH4 in the chemical fingerprint wavelength range near 8 μm. The noise equivalent absorbance for our measurement was 5 parts in 105, limited by excess amplitude modulation on the laser output, which corresponds to a 1-Hz bandwidth detection limit of 250 parts N2O in 109 parts N2 in a 1-m path length.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics