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Research article
15 Nov 2018
Research article |  | 15 Nov 2018

Calibration of isotopologue-specific optical trace gas analysers: a practical guide

David W. T. Griffith

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In recent years optical spectroscopic techniques have become commonly used in the determination of mole fractions of trace gases in air. These techniques in many cases determine the mole fractions of only individual isotopic variants (isotopologues) of the trace gas, while for many applications the total mole fraction of all isotopologues is required. This paper sets out the measurements and calculations required to convert between individual isotopologue and total trace gas amounts.