Inderscience Publishers

Construction of a low–cost laser–based multiplexed spectrometer: a potential probe for environmental pollution monitoring

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A low–cost, sensitive, laser–based (Helium Neon; He–Ne) optical Fourier–transformed (multiplexed) spectrometer has been constructed for the quantification of suspended particulates in the air. The optomechanical features of the spectrometer are presented together with a theoretical framework of its operation. The apparatus is calibrated by using a standard commercial spectrophotometer and has been successfully used to detect smoke of various densities. The simplicity in the design of the apparatus and sensitivity in its measurement would expectedly attract high school and college students and definitely help to spread the awareness of environmental pollution among younger generation.

Keywords: laser spectrometers, optical instruments, low–cost design, environmental pollution measurement, multiplexed spectrometers, pollution monitoring, spectrometer design, smoke detection

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