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An optical system for measuring nitric oxide using spectral separation techniques

  • Y. G. Zhang
  • Gabriel Somesfalean
  • W. Guo
  • H. S. Wang
  • S. H. Wu
  • Y. K. Qin
  • Z. G. Zhang
Publiceringsår: 2012
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 435-440
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Applied Physics B
Volym: 107
Nummer: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Springer


An optical sensor based on differential absorption spectroscopy for real-time monitoring of industrial nitric oxide (NO) gas emission is described. The influence of gas absorption interference from sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the environment was considered and a spectral separation technique was developed in order to eliminate this interference effect. The absorption spectrum of SO2 around 226 nm was evaluated by the SO2 concentration obtained using the experimentally recorded absorption spectrum around 300 nm. The absorption spectrum of NO around 226 nm was obtained by subtracting the absorption of SO2 from the integral absorption spectrum of SO2 and NO. The concentration measurements were performed at atmospheric pressure. The technique was found to have a lower detection limit of 0.8 ppm for NO per meter path length (SNR=2) and be immune from the influence from SO2 on the NO measurement. The sensor based on this technique was successfully employed for in situ measurement of SO2 and NO concentrations in the flue gas emitted from an industrial coal-fired boiler.


  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics


  • ISSN: 0946-2171

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