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Title: Compact Highly Sensitive Multi-species Airborne Mid-IR Spectrometer

We report on the development and airborne field deployment of a mid-IR laser based spectrometer. The instrument was configured for the simultaneous in-situ detection of formaldehyde (CH2O) and ethane (C2H6). Numerous mechanical, optical, electronic, and software improvements over a previous instrument design resulted in reliable highly sensitive airborne operation with long stability times yielding 90% airborne measurement coverage during the recent air quality study over the Colorado front range, FRAPPÉ 2014. Airborne detection sensitivities of ~ 15 pptv (C2H6) and ~40 pptv (CH2O) were generally obtained for 1 s of averaging for simultaneous detection.
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Journal ID: ISSN 0946-2171; NN2001000
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: Applied Physics. B, Lasers and Optics; Journal Volume: 119; Journal Issue: 1
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Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)
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United States