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What’s so Special about the Mid-Infrared?
  • Molecules are uniquely identifiable through their Mid-IR absorption spectra
  • 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