What’s so Special about the Mid-Infrared?
- Molecules are uniquely identifiable through their Mid-IR absorption
- Strong resonance lines = Single-molecule or ppt (parts-per-trillion) sensitivity
- Optical measurements are fast and neither invasive nor destructive
Ammonia (NH3) can be detected far more readily in the Mid-Infrared
than using light from other parts of the spectrum.
2013 MIRTHE Center Overview Presentation
Graph: M. Taubman, PNNL