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Comb tooth resolved MIR spectroscopy using a VECSEL frequency comb and a virtually-imaged phased array spectrometer
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Paper Abstract

Mid infrared frequency combs allow for high resolution absorption spectroscopy of molecular species, which have strong signatures in this spectral region. Dual comb spectroscopy can provide broadband and high-resolution capability, but requires two fully stabilized frequency combs which adds complexity to the system.

Previous work has demonstrated that frequency combs coupled with a high resolution spectrometer, consisting of a virtually imaged phased array (VIPA) along with a grating, can perform time-resolved, broadband and high- resolution absorption spectroscopy with a single frequency comb. The VIPA spectrometer disperses the spectrum in two dimensions and images it onto a focal plane detector array. If the comb teeth can be resolved, the VIPA is easily calibrated and provides comb-tooth resolved resolution and accuracy. However, in previous work, the repetition rate of the laser sources used was too low to be resolved directly, and additional passive "filter cavities" had to be employed to increase the effective repetition rate of the frequency comb. In this work we use a fully stabilized mid infrared frequency comb based on a 1.6 GHz repetition rate modelocked vertical external cavity surface emitting laser (VECSEL) and difference frequency generation to produce an off set free comb in the 3- 4 micron wavelength range. The source is directly coupled to the VIPA spectrometer to provide comb-tooth resolved absorption spectroscopy. We discuss the system's performance in gas absorption spectroscopy and its time resolving capabilities, which are limited only by the speed of the detector system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2020
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11263, Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) X, 112630L (2 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2546752
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Rockmore, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Ricky Gibson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
R. Jason Jones, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Jerome V. Moloney, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11263:
Vertical External Cavity Surface Emitting Lasers (VECSELs) X
Jennifer E. Hastie, Editor(s)

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