Engineers from Duke University have developed a gold-plated crystal sensor that can be used to detect natural gas faster than existing sensors present today. The new sensor is better than existing sensors in terms of size, cost or speed in detecting gases. Learn more about the gold-plated crystal sensor today.

The Sensor Can Detect 10 to 100 Times Faster Than Existing Detectors

The fast detection ability of the sensor will make it easy to scan an area and identify methane or natural gas leaks. This will be useful in early gas leak detection and help fix the leaks from oil and gas wells, facilities that produce gas as a byproduct, pipelines and more. The sensor uses metamaterial and the pyroelectric crystal creates an electric charge when it gets hot. Ordinarily, the heat generated is conducted to a separate component that creates an electric charge. In this case, the crystal itself generates the electric charge, saving response time and resulting in a faster detector rate.

John Raphael said in a recent article:

“The mechanism behind the new sensor could be used in many ways. The researchers noted that the design of their sensors could allow the device to be 10 to 100 times faster than existing detectors because the heat is created directly by the crystal.”

The faster detection ability of the gold-plated sensor makes it an invaluable tool in early identification of gas leaks, preventing gas leaks from getting out of hand, protecting workers and the equipment in the bargain.

The Sensor Can Be Modified To Detect Multiple Gases

Researchers can modify the sensor device to detect various electromagnetic frequencies, making it possible to detect a variety of gases. Redesigning the details of the gold pattern makes this possible.

According to a recent article:

“The researchers can fabricate the device to detect any specific range of electromagnetic frequencies simply by redesigning the details of the gold pattern.”

The applications of the gold-plated sensor are many. Apart from detection of gases at oil and gas facilities, this lightweight sensor can be used to check the health of crops in agricultural fields and as a low-cost lab instrument for spectroscopy for medical samples.

Learn more about the gold-plated sensor developed by researchers of Duke University and the optoelectronic materials company SRICO. Find out how this sensor can be used for faster and more effective natural gas detection.

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