Improved optogalvanic detection with voltage biased Langmuir probes
2014 (English)In: Journal of Applied Physics, ISSN 0021-8979, E-ISSN 1089-7550, Vol. 116, no 24, 243301- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Optogalvanic detectors show great potential for infrared spectroscopy, especially in cavity enhanced techniques where they, in contrast to ordinary absorption detectors, can perform intracavity measurements. This enables them to utilize the signal-to-noise ratio improvement gained from the extended effective path length inside an optical cavity, without losing signal strength due to the limited amount of light exiting through the rear mirror. However, if optogalvanic detectors are to become truly competitive, their intrinsic sensitivity and stability has to be improved. This, in turn, requires a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the generation of the optogalvanic signal. The study presented here focuses on an optogalvanic detector based on a miniaturized stripline split-ring resonator plasma source equipped with Langmuir probes for detecting the optogalvanic signal. In particular, the effect of applying a constant bias voltage to one of the probes is investigated, both with respect to the sensitivity and stability, and to the mechanism behind the generation of the signal. Experiments with different bias voltages at different pressures and gas composition have been conducted. In particular, two different gas compositions (pure CO2 and 0.25% CO2 in 99.75% N-2) at six different pressures (100 Pa to 600 Pa) have been studied. It has been shown that probe biasing effectively improves the performance of the detector, by increasing the amplitude of the signal linearly over one order of magnitude, and the stability by about 40% compared with previous studies. Furthermore, it has been shown that relatively straightforward plasma theory can be applied to interpret the mechanism behind the generation of the signal, although additional mechanisms, such as rovibrational excitation from electron-molecule collisions, become apparent in CO2 plasmas with electron energies in the 1-6 eV range. With the achieved performance improvement and the more solid theoretical framework presented here, stripline split-ring resonator optogalvanic detectors can evolve into a compact, inexpensive, and easy-to-operate alternative for future infrared spectrometers. (C) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC.
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2014. Vol. 116, no 24, 243301- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-242865DOI: 10.1063/1.4904964ISI: 000347164300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-242865DiVA: diva2:786083