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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2002
  • pp: 2978–2984

Tuneable Heterodyne Infrared Spectrometer for Atmospheric and Astronomical Studies

Guido Sonnabend, Daniel Wirtz, Frank Schmülling, and Rudolf Schieder  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 15, pp. 2978-2984 (2002)

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The transportable setup of the Cologne Tuneable Heterodyne Infrared Spectrometer (THIS) is presented. Frequency tuneability over a wide range provided by the use of tuneable diode lasers as local oscillators (LO) allows a variety of molecules in the mid-infrared to be observed. Longtime integration, which is essential for astronomical observations, is possible owing to tight frequency control of the LO with optical feedback from an external cavity. THIS is developed to fly on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy beginning in 2006 but can also be used on different types of ground-based telescopes.

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OCIS Codes
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers
(300.6310) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, heterodyne
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics

Guido Sonnabend, Daniel Wirtz, Frank Schmülling, and Rudolf Schieder, "Tuneable Heterodyne Infrared Spectrometer for Atmospheric and Astronomical Studies," Appl. Opt. 41, 2978-2984 (2002)

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