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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 18 — Jun. 20, 1998
  • pp: 3954–3960

Development of a narrow-band, tunable, frequency-quadrupled diode laser for UV absorption spectroscopy

Jeffrey P. Koplow, Dahv A. V. Kliner, and Lew Goldberg  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 18, pp. 3954-3960 (1998)

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A compact, lightweight, low-power-consumption source of tunable, narrow-bandwidth blue and UV radiation is described. In this source, a single-longitudinal-mode diode laser seeds a pulsed, GaAlAs tapered amplifier whose ∼860-nm output is frequency quadrupled by two stages of single-pass frequency doubling. Performance of the laser system is characterized over a wide range of amplifier duty cycles (0.1–1.0), pulse durations (50 ns–1.0 μs), peak currents (≤14 A), and average currents (≤2.0 A). The capabilities and limitations of this source are discussed. We recorded high-resolution, Doppler-limited absorption spectra of nitric oxide and sulfur dioxide near 215 nm; the SO2 spectrum was found to have significantly more structure and higher peak absorption cross sections than previously reported.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(140.3600) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, tunable
(140.3610) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, ultraviolet
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption

Original Manuscript: September 16, 1997
Revised Manuscript: February 24, 1998
Published: June 20, 1998

Jeffrey P. Koplow, Dahv A. V. Kliner, and Lew Goldberg, "Development of a narrow-band, tunable, frequency-quadrupled diode laser for UV absorption spectroscopy," Appl. Opt. 37, 3954-3960 (1998)

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