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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1989
  • pp: 1648–1656

High precision frequency calibration of tunable diode lasers stabilized on an internally coupled Fabry-Perot interferometer

Hans-Jörg Clar, R. Schieder, M. Reich, and G. Winnewisser  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 28, Issue 9, pp. 1648-1656 (1989)

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For very high precision molecular spectroscopy we use a tunable diode laser which is frequency locked to an internally coupled Fabry-Perot interferometer (icFPI). The spectra are calibrated by means of the interference pattern of an iodine stabilized He–Ne reference laser which is simultaneously coupled into the icFPI. In this paper the exact relation between the diode laser frequency and the He–Ne fringe number is derived and a convenient calibration procedure yielding a frequency accuracy of 5 × 10−5 cm−1 at 10 μm is described.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: April 23, 1988
Published: May 1, 1989

Hans-Jörg Clar, R. Schieder, M. Reich, and G. Winnewisser, "High precision frequency calibration of tunable diode lasers stabilized on an internally coupled Fabry-Perot interferometer," Appl. Opt. 28, 1648-1656 (1989)

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