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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 19 — Jul. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3976–3980

Differentiation of CO isotopic variants by frequency tuning a terahertz source

Hongqian Sun, Yujie J. Ding, and Yuliya B. Zotova  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 19, pp. 3976-3980 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.003976


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Abstract

The transmission spectra of two CO isotopic variants, i.e., CO 12 and CO 13 , are measured with a recently developed widely tunable THz source. The pure rotational transition lines of J = 6 7 , 10 11 , 11 12 , 12 13 , and 13 14 have been identified in the spectra. The transition frequencies and the rotational constant of each CO isotopic variant are also presented. Experimental results indicate that the difference of the rotational constants between the two isotopic variants can be used to reliably differentiate CO 12 and CO 13 . Compared with the measurements made by using a Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, our tunable THz source has produced approximately the same accuracies for measuring transition frequencies or determining rotational constants.

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OCIS Codes
(300.6270) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, far infrared
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular

ToC Category:
Absorption and Cavity-Based Techniques

History
Original Manuscript: October 13, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 15, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2007
Published: June 12, 2007

Citation
Hongqian Sun, Yujie J. Ding, and Yuliya B. Zotova, "Differentiation of CO isotopic variants by frequency tuning a terahertz source," Appl. Opt. 46, 3976-3980 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-19-3976


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