Detection of elemental mercury by multimode diode laser correlation spectroscopy

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We demonstrate a method for elemental mercury detection based on correlation spectroscopy employing UV laser radiation generated by sum-frequency mixing of two visible multimode diode lasers. Resonance matching of the multimode UV laser is achieved in a wide wavelength range and with good tolerance for various operating conditions. Large mode-hops provide an off-resonance baseline, eliminating interferences from other gas species with broadband absorption. A sensitivity of 1 mu g/m(3) is obtained for a 1-m path length and 30-s integration time. The performance of the system shows promise for mercury monitoring in industrial applications. (C) 2012 Optical Society of America

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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4927-4938
JournalOptics Express
Volume20
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

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