Modeling the response of photoacoustic gas sensorsS.L. Firebaugh, F. Roignant, and E.A. Terray
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Polytechnique Nantes, Nantes, France
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
A fast, high-sensitivity detector is required for studies of environmentally relevant gases. Photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS), an absorption spectroscopy technique in which absorption is detected as sound, is explored as a possible solution. A tuning-fork based PAS sensor is modeled using COMSOL. The model combines the acoustic and piezoelectric modules and also includes viscous damping. The model results are consistent with published experimental results.