Infrared Spectroscopy with a Cavity Ring-Down Spectrometer
Final rept. Jan 2013-Jul 2014
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ADELPHI MD SENSORS AND ELECTRON DEVICES DIRECTORATE
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There is a pressing need for airborne hazard detectors for both Army and civilian use. Cavity ring-down spectroscopy CRDS is a capable and sensitive detection method for hazardous materials that is based on the principles of electromagnetic radiation spectroscopy. Research has been ongoing at the US Army Research Laboratory ARL to evaluate the sensitivity and limitations of two commercial CRDSs. These devices were manufactured by Los Gatos Research, Inc., and provided to ARL via collaboration with the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center ECBC. Evaluation of the spectrometers comprises background noise determination, spectroscopic confirmation, and limit of detection testing. At each step, the CRDSs proved to be accurate and sensitive apparatus.
- Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy