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Opt Lett. 2009 Dec 15;34(24):3767-9. doi: 10.1364/OL.34.003767.

Tunable-diode-laser spectroscopy of C(2)H(2) using a 3.03 microm GaInAsSb/AlGaInAsSb distributed-feedback laser.

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Siemens AB, IIA SLA R&D, Box 14153 SE-400 20 Göteborg, Sweden.


The mid-IR region beyond 3 microm is very attractive for gas sensing, since the fundamental absorption bands of several hydrocarbons are located in this range. We demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, the use of a novel GaInAsSb/AlGaInAsSb distributed-feedback laser emitting around 3.03 microm in a tunable-diode laser-spectroscopy application. The laser operates in continuous mode at room temperature with excellent single-mode and tuning properties. A comparison of the measurement results was made with the recently updated data on C212H(2) found in the HITRAN 2008 compilation. A good agreement was found between the measurements and the database. Wavelength modulation spectroscopy of acetylene at ambient conditions was made, and a sensitivity of 18 ppb (parts per billion) per meter at an integration time of 3 s corresponding to a relative absorption of 5 x 10(-6) was obtained. The optimum detection limit of the acetylene measurement in this wavelength modulation spectroscopy setup was better than 1.5 ppb m at an integration time of 600 seconds.

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