A Fourier-transform spectrometer has been used in a step-scan mode to make time-resolved measurements of the evolving laser pulse in intracavity laser spectroscopy (ILS) experiments. Spectra of broadband dye laser pulses at approximately 615 nm were recorded at relatively high spectral (0.5-cm−1) and temporal (as high as 5-μs) resolution. In the absence of an absorber, the height of the pulse is shown to be proportional to tg0.57 (where tg is the generation time) for generation times as high as 500 μs. The system was constructed for feasibility studies of future use at infrared and near-infrared wavelengths where conventional ILS that uses diode arrays would be either expensive or simply not possible. The CH4 overtone transition at 619.68 nm was used to test the linearity and sensitivity of the system. Comparable performance to conventional ILS systems was demonstrated, as were the advantages of the present system for studies of laser and absorption dynamics.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 4, 1997
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 1997
Published: November 20, 1997
Kimberly Strong, Timothy J. Johnson, and Geoffrey W. Harris, "Visible intracavity laser spectroscopy with a step-scan Fourier-transform interferometer," Appl. Opt. 36, 8533-8540 (1997)