Rapid-swept CW cavity ring-down laser spectroscopy for carbon isotope analysis

Hideki Tomita, Kenichi Watanabe, Yu Takiguchi, Jun Kawarabayashi, Tetsuo Iguchi

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With the aim of developing a portable system for an in field isotope analysis, we investigate an isotope analysis based on rapid-swept CW cavity ring-down laser spectroscopy, in which the concentration of a chemical species is derived from its photo absorbance. Such a system can identify the isotopomer and still be constructed as a quite compact system. We have made some basic experimental measurements of the overtone absorption lines of carbon dioxide (12C16O2, 13C16O 2) by rapid-swept cavity ring-down spectroscopy with a CW infrared diode laser at 6,200 cm-1 (1.6 μm). The isotopic ratio has been obtained as (1.07±0.13)×10-2, in good agreement with the natural abundance within experimental uncertainty. The detection sensitivity in absorbance has been estimated to be 3 × 10-8 cm-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-315
Number of pages5
Journaljournal of nuclear science and technology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering


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