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Methane monitoring by near infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy: the importance of relaxation phenomena

The importance of molecular relaxation in photoacoustic spectroscopy is discussed. The particular case of methane monitoring in dry oxygen using a 1.65-μm laser-based photoacoustic sensor is reported. The slow vibration-to-translation energy transfer occurring in this gas mixture results in a drastic reduction of the detection sensitivity. A quadratic response of the sensor to the methane concentration is also reported and explained by molecular relaxation effects


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