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Intracavity molecular spectroscopy in the mid-IR using ultra-broadband optical parametric oscillator
Author(s): Magnus W. Haakestad; Tobias P. Lamour; Nick Leindecker; Alireza Marandi; Konstantin L. Vodopyanov
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Paper Abstract

We have performed intracavity molecular spectroscopy of water vapor, isotopic carbon dioxide, methane, acetylene, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other gases using broadband mid-IR sync-pumped OPO sources (PPLN-based OPO pumped by a femtosecond Er-fiber laser, or OP-GaAs-based OPO pumped by a femtosecond Tm-fiber laser) operating near degeneracy, with up to 2.5–6.1 μm instantaneous bandwidth. We found that the measured spectral line shapes may show dispersive features. The measured spectra were compared to a simple model, based on the intracavity round-trip dispersion, and excellent agreement between theory and measurements was found. Detection limits in the ppb-range were demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8604, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XII, 86040T (12 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2006122
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Magnus W. Haakestad, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Norway)
Tobias P. Lamour, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Nick Leindecker, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Alireza Marandi, Stanford Univ. (United States)
Konstantin L. Vodopyanov, Stanford Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8604:
Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications XII
Konstantin L. Vodopyanov, Editor(s)

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