IRSENS: Integrated sensing platform for gases and liquids in the near and mid-infrared range
The aim of this project is to create a photonic sensor platform with high performance and reliability. This platform will leverage on the new source, detector and interaction cell technologies to create a new sensor element with vastly improved performance and lowered cost. These improvements will be demonstrated further by the incorporation into two pilot applications, the first one aiming at the demonstration of the sensing in the gas phase, the second one in the liquid phase. The two sensors will be developed in parallel and they will share some common points, namely the optical absorption spectroscopy technique, the compactness of the sensor, and an integrated approach concerning the components of the sensor (source, interaction region and detection) resulting in an integrated sensing platform.
The first sensor will be dealing with breath analysis: extensive studies have been carried out in recent years to apply this technique to clinical diagnosis. Most of these studies