Remote photoacoustic detection of liquid contamination of a surface

Perrett, B, Harris, M, Pearson, GN, Willetts, DV and Pitter, MC 2003, 'Remote photoacoustic detection of liquid contamination of a surface' , Applied Optics, 42 (24) , pp. 4901-4908.

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A method for the remote detection and identification of liquid chemicals at ranges of tens of meters is presented. The technique uses pulsed indirect photoacoustic spectroscopy in the 10-μm wavelength region. Enhanced sensitivity is brought about by three main system developments: (1) increased laser-pulse energy (150 μJ/pulse), leading to increased strength of the generated photoacoustic signal; (2) increased microphone sensitivity and improved directionality by the use of a 60-cm-diameter parabolic dish; and (3) signal processing that allows improved discrimination of the signal from noise levels through prior knowledge of the pulse shape and pulse-repetition frequency. The practical aspects of applying the technique in a field environment are briefly examined, and possible applications of this technique are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK5101 Telecommunication (Inc. www, lidar, radio, radar, phone, TV)
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC350-467 Optics. Light
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QC Physics > QC221-246 Acoustics - Sound
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: Applied Optics
Publisher: Optical Society of America
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003-6935
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2007 14:43
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 22:03

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