Flowing liquid-sheet jet for cavity ring-down absorption measurements

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The use of a flowing liquid-sheet jet in cavity ring-down absorption measurements is described. A mechanical gear pump was used to pump solvent at low pressure through a circular orifice. The resulting cylindrical jet of solvent was fired at a flat surface. A flat sheet of liquid was formed in a small portion of the resulting spray, which was sufficiently stable to be positioned at the Brewster angle in a linear ring-down cavity setup operated with a pulsed laser. The path length through a sheet-jet of ethylene glycol was measured to be 23.2 +/- 0.6 mu m. Malachite Green dye was used as an analyte to demonstrate a linear dynamic range of 12.6 dB (73.9 nM to 1.34 mu M). The limit of detection for the system was determined to be alpha(LOD) = 0.0162 cm(-1), or 71 nM ( at epsilon = 9.975 x 10(4) M-1 cm(-1), 628 nm, 3 sigma). The technique is shown to have promise for analytical and spectroscopic measurements, for example, in studies of gass-liquid interfaces.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5597-5600
Number of pages4
JournalAnalytical Chemistry
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2006

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