Abstract

It is demonstrated that the optogalvanic effect in a sodium hollow cathode discharge is a sensitive detector specific to the intracavity absorption of sodium atoms in a flame. In this feasibility study the variation of the optogalvanic signal vs the sodium concentration in the flame indicated a detection limit below 1 ng/ml. The sensitivity can be easily improved, and this technique is applicable to other atoms and Doppler-free intermodulation spectroscopic detection methods.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

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