Abstract

A novel, compact, ultrasensitive, and inexpensive He-Ne laser intracavity photothermal deflection spectrometer has been developed. In this apparatus a gas sample is placed inside a cavity of the He-Ne laser, which serves as a probe laser. A CO<sub>2</sub> excitation laser coaxially overlaps with the He-Ne laser beam inside the sample cell. The detection limit for ethanol vapor in air at 1 atm excited with 1.5 W of CO<sub>2</sub> laser chopped at 13.3 Hz is estimated to be 2.5 ppb.

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