Novel Analyzer for Real-Time N2O and CO Measurements in Air
R. Provencal1, A. Crotwell2, P. Novelli3, E. Dlugokencky3, T. Owano1, B. Hall3 and D. Baer1
1Los Gatos Research, Mountain View, CA 94041; 650-965-7772, E-mail: email@example.com
2Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309
3NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO 80305
Accurate and precise measurements of both nitrous oxide and carbon monoxide concentrations are important in understanding global atmospheric chemistry. Because atmospheric mixing ratios of these species are relatively small (generally < 0.5 ppmv), an analyzer designed to probe these species must have high sensitivity and high precision to make meaningful measurements. We report the development and performance characterization of a commercial analyzer (Los Gatos Research, Model 908-0014) based on a patented cavity enhanced laser absorption spectroscopy technique which measures both CO and N2O simultaneously in air with a precision of better than 0.3 ppbv in a 1-second measurement time. Higher precision may be obtained with further averaging. Data rates of up to 20 Hz may be achieved to allow for eddy flux correlation measurements. The instrument requires low power (200 watts) and does not require liquid nitrogen, allowing for measurements in the field.