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Opt Lett. 1996 Jan 1;21(1):86-8.

Detection of CO in air by diode-pumped 4.6-microm difference-frequency generation in quasi-phase-matched LiNbO(3).


Detection of CO, N(2)O, and CO(2) in ambient air was performed with a room-temperature cw IR source based on difference-frequency generation in periodically poled LiNbO(3). The source was pumped by a seeded highpower GaAlAs amplif ier at 860 nm and a diode-pumped monolithic Nd:YAG ring laser at 1064 nm. The IR output was tunable between 2160 and 2320 cm(-1) without crystal rotation. The CO detection sensitivity is extrapolated to 5 ppb m/ radicalHz if limited by IR intensity noise.


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