Development and application of a diode-laser-based mid-infrared absorption sensor for carbon monoxide Conference Paper uri icon


  • An all-solid-state continuous-wave (cw) laser system for mid-infrared absorption measurements of the carbon monoxide (CO) molecule has been developed and demonstrated. The single-mode, tunable output of a 60-mW, 860-nm external-cavity diode laser (ECDL) is difference-frequency mixed with the output of a 550 mW diode-pumped cw Nd:YAG laser in a periodically-poled lithium niobate (PPLN) crystal to produce approximately 2 W of tunable cw radiation at 4.5 m. The wavelength of the 860-nm ECDL is then scanned over a CO absorption line to produce a fully resolved absorption spectrum. Initial results from mixtures of CO in nitrogen in a room temperature gas cell are discussed. In addition, absorption measurements conducted at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB) demonstrated the system in the exhaust of a well-stirred reactor (WSR) where comparisons with physical sampling probe measurements are also presented.

published proceedings

  • 41st Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit

author list (cited authors)

  • Barron-Jimenez, R., Anderson, T. N., Caton, J. A., Lucht, R. P., Walther, T., Roy, S., Brown, M. S., & Gord, J. R.

complete list of authors

  • Barron-Jimenez, R||Anderson, TN||Caton, JA||Lucht, RP||Walther, T||Roy, S||Brown, MS||Gord, JR

publication date

  • December 2003