Abstract

Log-ratio detection is a convenient technique for making temperature and concentration measurements using sensors based on tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. In many practical sensing applications, it is difficult to avoid stray light falling on the signal photodiode of the sensor. This stray light acts as noncommon-mode interference and introduces a systematic error in absorption measurements, which is not removed by baseline subtraction. This paper analyzes the factors that determine this systematic error and also presents a calibration method that can correct for it. This correction method is verified using a simple experiment.

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