Development of a methane cavity ring-down spectrometer for deployment on ground and aerial based vehicles
Recent findings show that the oil and natural gas industry is responsible for a large portion of total anthropogenic methane (CH4) emissions. These findings have driven the need for suitable methane detection and quantification methods. Methane emissions on the scale that the oil and gas industry produce (13 Tg[CH4]/year) can cause environmental effects comparable to that of CO2 due to methane's high global warming potential. The present thesis focuses on continued developments and improvements to a laser-based methane sensor that uses the open-path cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) technique. ...
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