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Fast-scanning spectroscopic method for the submillimeter: the FASSST spectrometer
Author(s): Frank C. DeLucia; Sieghard Albert
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Paper Abstract

A new FAst Scan Submillimeter Spectroscopic Technique (FASSST) is described. It uses voltage tunable Backward Wave Oscillators (BWOs) as primary sources of radiation. In contrast to the more traditional phase or frequency lock techniques, it uses fast scan (approximately 105 Doppler limited resolution elements/sec) and optical calibration methods. Its attributes include (1) absolute frequency calibration to approximately 1/10 of a Doppler limited linewidth (less than 0.1 MHz), (2) high sensitivity, (3) the ability to measure many thousands of lines/sec, and (4) simplicity. This system is made possible by (1) the excellent short term spectral purity of the broadly (approximately 100 GHz) tunable BWOs, (2) a very low noise, rapidly scannable high voltage power supply, (3) fast data acquisition, and (4) software capable of automated calibration and spectral line measurement.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 November 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3465, Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves IV, (13 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.331170
Show Author Affiliations
Frank C. DeLucia, Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Sieghard Albert, Ohio State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3465:
Millimeter and Submillimeter Waves IV
Mohammed N. Afsar, Editor(s)

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