Abstract

An open path diode laser sensor was constructed with near-infrared diode lasers and two-tone frequency-modulation spectroscopy. The sensor incorporates several novel features (such as digital signal-processing algorithms, a computerized line-locking routine, and discontinuous wavelength scanning) that are important in a field instrument. The sensor was used to monitor oxygen, water, and carbon dioxide in the near-infrared spectral range. For oxygen, an absorbance detection sensitivity of 2 × 10−6 in a 10-Hz bandwidth was demonstrated with a GaALAs laser at 760.56 nm. The stability of the sensor was 0.1% over a period of 10 h when an absorbance of 6 × 10−3 was monitored.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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