Abstract

We constructed a circular multireflection (CMR) cell, allowing multireflection around the center of the cell. This is caused by a skewed adjustment of the entering beam (equivalent to a simple parallel shift/offset), avoiding the center of the cell, thus leading to multiple reflections. The experimental setup with a cell with an inner diameter of 6cm showed up to 17.5 beam passes on polished aluminum and attained path lengths up to 105cm, demonstrated by Fourier transform infrared measurements of CO2 gas between 2283 and 2400cm1. The circular concept, i.e., the centering of the reflections, is useful for absorption spectroscopy on trace gases and aerosols. The optical alignment of the cell can completely be performed from outside the experimental setup, e.g., an aerosol flow reactor or a vacuum system. The variation of the path length is easily possible by adjusting the position of the cell with respect to the entering light beam.

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