Liquid-phase broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (BBCEAS) studies in a 20 cm cell

L. Nitin Seetohul, Zulfiqur Ali, Meez Islam

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Abstract

Sensitive liquid-phase measurements have been made in a 20 cm cell using broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectroscopy (BBCEAS). The cavity was formed by two high reflectivity mirrors which were in direct contact with the liquid-phase analytes. Careful choice of solvent was required to minimise the effect of background solvent absorptions. Measurements were made on the broad absorber Sudan black, dissolved in acetonitrile, using a white LED light source and R ≥ 0.99 cavity mirrors, leading to a cavity enhancement factor (CEF) of 82 at 584 nm. The sensitivity as measured by the minimum detectable change in the absorption coefficient (αmin) was 3.4 × 10 -7 cm-1. Further measurements were made on the strong absorber methylene blue dissolved in acetonitrile at 655 nm. A white LED was used with the R ≥ 0.99 cavity mirrors, leading to a CEF of 78 and αmin = 4.4 × 10-7 cm-1. The use of a more intense red LED also allowed measurements with higher reflectivity R ≥ 0.999 cavity mirrors, leading to a CEF of 429 and αmin = 2.8 × 10-7 cm-1. The sensitivity was limited by dark noise from the detector but nevertheless appears to represent the most sensitive liquid-phase absorption measurement to date.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1887-1895
JournalAnalyst
Volume134
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2009

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