A novel trace gas sensor exploiting fiber-ring laser intracavity quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (FLI-QEPAS) is reported. The gas sensor system couples an erbium-doped fiber-ring laser with a custom-designed quartz tuning fork (QTF) operating at 7.2 kHz. The QTF is placed in the fiber cavity to fully utilize intracavity optical power for photoacoustic excitation. We obtained a short intracavity absorption length of 1.5 cm, significantly extending the linear dynamic range of the gas sensor to an order of 105. As a proof of principle, the fiber laser was tuned to the C2H2 absorption line at 1531.6 nm. Operating at the optimal gas pressure and modulation depth selected for wavelength modulation spectroscopy, a minimum detectable C2H2 concentration of 29 ppbv at 300-s integration time has been achieved.
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