Abstract

We report on a monitoring technique for nitrogen dioxide based on broadband absorption spectroscopy using a blue light-emitting diode (LED) operating around 465nm. The technique is suited for real-time measurements of nitrogen dioxide due to the use of a straightforward data evaluation method, limited interference from other gases, and a low degree of complexity compared with other real-time optical detection techniques having the same precision. Additionally, the use of a LED can reduce the cost of nitrogen dioxide monitoring. Real-time measurements of nitrogen dioxide concentration were demonstrated at atmospheric pressure, which is of great interest for industrial nitrogen dioxide emission monitoring; a detection limit of about 3ppm using a 50-cm-long gas cell with 2s integration time was achieved.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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