Abstract

The mid-IR region beyond 3μm is very attractive for gas sensing, since the fundamental absorption bands of several hydrocarbons are located in this range. We demonstrated, for the first time to our knowledge, the use of a novel GaInAsSbAlGaInAsSb distributed-feedback laser emitting around 3.03μm in a tunable-diode laser-spectroscopy application. The laser operates in continuous mode at room temperature with excellent single-mode and tuning properties. A comparison of the measurement results was made with the recently updated data on C212H2 found in the HITRAN 2008 compilation. A good agreement was found between the measurements and the database. Wavelength modulation spectroscopy of acetylene at ambient conditions was made, and a sensitivity of 18 ppb (parts per billion) per meter at an integration time of 3 s corresponding to a relative absorption of 5 × 106 was obtained. The optimum detection limit of the acetylene measurement in this wavelength modulation spectroscopy setup was better than 1.5ppbm at an integration time of 600 seconds.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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