A new type of chemical sensor based on light absorption is proposed. An array of zones alternatively containing the pH indicator thymolphthalein is formed in a gelatin film. By changing the sample solution from acidic to alkaline, a blue stripe appears in the gelatin film. This acts as a transmission grating and diffracts the introduced laser beam. Theory predicts that this method, which is based on light absorption/beam diffraction, is as sensitive as or more sensitive than fluorometry.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry