PID lamps

Photoionisation detector lamp is most commonly used in VOC gas detection, in gas chromatography (GC) and sample ionisation for mass spectrometry.

Photoionisation detector lamps are most commonly used in VOC gas detection. Other areas of use are gas chromatography (GC) and sample ionisation for mass spectrometry.

The PID technique uses a lamp with known photon energies in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) region.

The output from the lamp is used to photoionise gaseous molecules with ionisation potentials lower than the photon energy emitted. Typical photoionisation detectors measure volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other gases in concentrations from the ppm to ppb level.

Noblelight offers a complete range of PID lamps with the highest quality in terms of intensity, spectral purity and long life. We have decades of experience in lamp design and manufacturing to supply our customers with the highest quality and expertise. Our latest development is the automized production or RF PID lamps to ensure a controlled process and most consistent output.

Both DC and RF excited lamps are available with a variety of gas fills and window materials. Thereby we can fullfill your specific VOC sensor project requirements.

Customers can benefit from our design expertise. The Noblelight Technical Team works closely with OEMs to design and build products to meet their specific dimensional and performance requirements.

Do you want to develop your VOC sensor for environmental monitoring, personal protection, fire hazard detection, narcotics or explosives trace detection? We are your partner for high quality long lifetime PID lamps for VOC sensors.


Your Advantages

Below you can find an overview of your main advantages working with our PID lamps.

  • DC or RF driven PID lamps for hand-held and fixed installations
  • Customized lamp designs and dimensions to fit your specific application
  • Different gas fills and window materials with photon energy 8.4 – 10.6 eV for more selectivity in gas detection
  • High purity window material for better transmission and higher intensity
  • Proprietary getter technology and high purity gas fill for longer lamp life
  • Reliable processes and highest quality lamps due to automated production

Applications areas

In recent years we see a growing demand for our RF PID lamps for VOC detection in fix and portable applications. This ranges from building to personal security. You can find examples for PID lamp applications below:

  • VOC gas detection
  • Gas Chromatography (GC)
  • Mass Spectrometry (MS)
  • Field monitoring of air and soil
  • Emergency first response
  • Jar headspace screening
  • Leak detection
  • Personnel safety in confined spaces
  • Explosives Trace Detection (ETD)
  • Narcotics Detection
  • BTEX - detection (Lamp PKR 100-6-14 recommended)

Types and accessories

Noblelight supplies all kinds of PID lamps:

  • Various gas fillings (e.g. xenon, krypton, argon)
  • Various window materials with different cut-off wavelengths
  • Lamps with DC or RF (radio frequency excitation)
  • Ionisation energies from 8.4 eV to 10.6 eV

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