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Modeling and Design Optimization of a Resonant Optothermoacoustic Trace Gas Sensor

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Modeling and Design Optimization of a Resonant Optothermoacoustic Trace Gas Sensor
Trace gas sensors that are compact and portable are being deployed for use in a variety of applications including disease diagnosis via breath analysis, monitoring of atmospheric pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, control of industrial processes, and for early warning of terrorist threats. One such sensor is based on optothermal detection and uses a modulated laser source and a quartz tuning fork resonator to detect trace gases. In this paper we introduce the first mathematical model of such a resonant optothermoacoustic sensor. The model is solved via the finite element method and couples heat transfer and thermoelastic deformation to determine the strength of the generated signal. Numerical simulations validate the experimental observation that the source location that produces the maximum signal is near the junction of the tines of the tuning fork. Determining an optimally designed sensor requires maximizing the signal as a function of the geometry of the quartz tuning fork ...
Noemi Petra, John Zweck, Susan E. Minkoff, Anatoli
Added 15 May 2011
Updated 15 May 2011
Type Journal
Year 2011
Where SIAMAM
Authors Noemi Petra, John Zweck, Susan E. Minkoff, Anatoliy Kosterev, James H. Doty III
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