Methane detection using wavelength modulation spectroscopy and a multiline quantitation method
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AuthorConde Portilla, Olga María; Quintela Incera, María Ángeles; Cobo García, Adolfo; López Higuera, José Miguel; Cubillas de Cos, Ana María
In this paper the application of the Inverse Least Squares algorithm (ILS) to the detection of methane using its behaviour in the near-infrared band is presented. In order to test the effectiveness of this method, different methane concentrations were measured. Wavelength Modulation Spectroscopy (WMS) was employed to obtain the first and second harmonics of the modulation signal. The use of both harmonics in spectroscopy eliminates the dependence of the measured absorbance on parameters such as: fiber misalignments, optical power fluctuations, etc. This property greatly increases the accuracy of the concentration readings. The benefits of analysing multiple lines in gas detection are discussed together with the capabilities of the ILS algorithm. The ILS algorithm is based on the Beer-Lambert law. This law is extended to include multiple wavelengths and rearranged in such a way that the concentration of the chemical species depends on the measured absorbances. In order to apply the previous algorithm, three absorption lines centered at 1665.961 nm, 1666.201 nm and 1666.483 nm were used. The obtained results are compared with the most usual single-line calibration method based on linear regression. This comparison shows that ILS gives a superior performance. Specifically, results indicate that the ILS multiline algorithm is less noise dependent and has a higher reliability than single-line calibration methods.
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