Abstract

A laser absorption spectrometer is described which employs a wavelength tunable diode laser in conjunction with a multipass White cell. The instrument is sensitive to absorption coefficients as low as 3 × 10−8 m−1 and is designed for use as a portable pollution monitor. The performance of the instrument is illustrated by describing the measurement of three gases commonly found in the atmosphere: SO2 and N2O with sensitivities of 1 ppb and NH3 with a sensitivity of better than 0.1 ppb. The linearity of response and calibration of the instrument are also discussed in some detail.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

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