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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 36 — Dec. 20, 2001
  • pp: 6725–6732

Broadband ringdown spectral photography

James J. Scherer, Joshua B. Paul, Hong Jiao, and Anthony O’Keefe  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 36, pp. 6725-6732 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.006725


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Abstract

A new technique that enables frequency-resolved cavity ringdown absorption spectra to be obtained over a large optical bandwidth by a single laser shot is described. The technique, ringdown spectral photography (RSP), simultaneously employs two key principles to record the time and frequency response of an optical cavity along orthogonal axes of a CCD array detector. Previously, the principles employed in RSP were demonstrated with narrow-band laser light that was scanned in frequency [Chem. Phys. Lett. 292, 143 (1998)]. Here, the RSP method is demonstrated using single pulses of broadband visible laser light. The ability to obtain broad as well as rotationally resolved spectra over a large bandwidth with high sensitivity is demonstrated.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(140.2050) Lasers and laser optics : Dye lasers
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6550) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, visible

History
Original Manuscript: March 6, 2001
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2001
Published: December 20, 2001

Citation
James J. Scherer, Joshua B. Paul, Hong Jiao, and Anthony O’Keefe, "Broadband ringdown spectral photography," Appl. Opt. 40, 6725-6732 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-36-6725

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