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Resolution and speed improvements of mid-infrared Fabry-Perot microspectrometers for the analysis of hydrocarbon gases

: Ebermann, M.; Neumann, N.; Hiller, K.; Seifert, M.; Meinig, M.; Kurth, S.


Piyawattanametha, W. (Ed.) ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
MOEMS and miniaturized systems XIII : 3 - 6 February 2014, San Francisco, California, United States
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2014 (Proceedings of SPIE 8977)
ISBN: 978-0-8194-9890-8
Paper 89770T, 9 S.
Conference "MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems" <13, 2014, San Francisco/Calif.>
Fraunhofer ENAS ()

Micromachined tunable Fabry-Pérot filters (Î1/4FPF) are key elements in a new class of miniature spectrometers and analyzers. Different groups all over the world are working on FPF for spectral ranges from the visible up to the long wave infrared. In order to achieve a large tuning range, the filters are normally operated in the first interference order. At the same time the spectral resolution is limited due to a limited effective finesse. A variety of applications demand for higher resolutions. This is particularly true for the multicomponent analysis of hydrocarbon gases, because the individual absorption bands are very similar and widely overlapping. In this paper FPF in 3rd and 4th order configuration with a spectral resolution of about (20... 30) nm and a tuning range of (3.1... 3.7) m are presented. For the measurement of additional gases in adjacent ranges (e.g. CO2 around 4.3 m) a dualband configuration with simultaneous use of different orders is proposed. A l argely reduced damping of the Î1/4FPF and the combination with a lead selenide photoresistor instead of a thermal detector allows for a fast acquisition of spectra.