Portable meters are available that use optical technology to measure dissolved oxygen. Optical DO sensing probe is based on the principle of fluorescence quenching. The sensing method features an immobilized Pt based luminophore that is excited by the light of a blue LED and emits a red light. Dissolved oxygen quenches this excitation. When there is no oxygen present, the lifetime of the signal is the greatest; as oxygen hits the sensing surface, the lifetime becomes shorter. The intensity and lifetime are inversely proportional to the amount of oxygen present; as oxygen interacts with the luminophore it reduces the intensity and lifetime of the luminescence. The lifetime of the luminescence is measured by a photodetector, and is used to calculate the dissolved oxygen concentration. This is in turn reported by the meter as a % saturation or mg/L reading of Dissolved Oxygen.


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