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New solutions for gas detection

The measurement and detection of gases is required for a number of industries in order to ensure effective and safe working environments. A Finnish SME has developed an improved detection methodology based on black body radiation sources.
New solutions for gas detection
In the past photo-acoustic spectrometry (PAS) has proven highly successful in gas detection but its application has been limited. A Finnish-based SME has developed new technological solutions improving the sensitivity and selectivity of PAS.

The company has devised a portable system capable of sub-ppb (parts per billion) detection levels, a longstanding challenge for gas detection systems. The ultra-low detection limit, high selectivity, low cost combined with the capability to detect other gas types, set it distinctly above the norm.

Standard detection methods are often a trade-off between high sensitivity and range of gas detection. Most detection technologies rely on high-powered light sources such as lasers, limiting the variety of gases they are able to detect. Using broadband blackbody radiation sources as the key sensors, however, provides no such limitation.

The developers are currently looking for collaboration with partners interested in developing the technology for the wide range of applications. A prototype exists and is available for testing.
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