Recent advancement in compact, stable, and broadband mid-infrared supercontinuum (SC) sources has provided attractive scientific and industrial applications in metrology, sensing, and communications [1]. The wide spectral coverage in the so-called molecular fingerprint region is the main advantage of such SC sources, opening up new opportunities for efficient multi-species trace gas detection at short time scale. Presently, there is a lack of sensitive, low-cost, uncooled MIR photodetectors. The alternative approach involves up-converting mid-infrared light into the near-infrared region via non-linear conversion, leveraging the benefits of sensitive and cost-effective CCD detectors [2]. Here, we present the development of a multi-species trace gas sensor utilizing a mid-infrared SC source in combination with a multipass absorption cell and an up-conversion-based spectrometer. The customized SC source (NKT Photonics) has a total power of 450 mW covering the 1.5 – 4.2 μm spectral window.

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