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Breath Analyzer for Alcolocks and Screening Devices
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2010 (English)In: IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 10, 10-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Alcolocks and alcohol screening devices are becoming commonplace, and their use is expected to grow rapidly with cost reduction and improved usability. A new breath analyzer prototype is demonstrated, with the prospects of eliminating the mouthpiece, reducing expiration time and volume, improving long-term stability, and reducing life cycle cost. Simultaneous CO<sub>2</sub> measurements compensate for the sample dilution and unsaturated expiration. Infrared transmission spectroscopy is used for both the alcohol and CO<sub>2</sub> measurement, yet the entire system is contained within a small handheld unit. Experimental results are reported on the device sensitivity, linearity, resolution, and influence from varying measuring distance. The correlation between early and full-time sampling was established in 60 subjects. Basic concept verification was obtained, whereas resolution and selectivity still needs to be improved. Further improvements are expected by system optimization and integration.

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2010. Vol. 10, 10-15 p.
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Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-91782DOI: 10.1109/JSEN.2009.2035204ISI: 000272608200003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-72349091736OAI: diva2:784915

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