Ppb-level H2S detection for SF6 decomposition based on a fiber-amplified telecommunication diode laser and a background-gas-induced high-Q photoacoustic cell
Tittel, Frank K.
A ppb-level hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas sensor for sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) decomposition analysis was developed by means of a background-gas-induced high-Q differential photoacoustic cell (PAC) and a fiber-amplified telecommunication diode laser. The watt-level excitation laser power compensates the sensitivity loss as a result of using a low cost, near-IR laser source. The differential design with a large cylindrical resonator diameter allows the PAC to accommodate the high power beam and maintain a low noise level output. The theory of background-gas-induced high-Q PAC is provided and was verified experimentally. A H2S detection limit (1σ) of 109 ppb in a SF6 buffer gas was achieved for an averaging time of 1 s, which corresponds to a normalized noise equivalent absorption coefficient of 2.9 × 10−9 cm−1 W Hz−1/2.