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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2010
  • pp: 5614–5625

Faraday modulation spectrometry of nitric oxide addressing its electronic X 2 Π A 2 Σ + band: II. experiment

Jie Shao, Lemthong Lathdavong, Jonas Westberg, Pawel Kluczynski, Stefan Lundqvist, and Ove Axner  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 29, pp. 5614-5625 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.49.005614


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Abstract

A first demonstration of Faraday modulation spectrometry (FAMOS) of nitric oxide (NO) addressing its strong electronic X 2 Π ( ν = 0 ) A 2 Σ + ( ν = 0 ) band is presented. The instrumentation was constructed around a fully diode-laser-based laser system producing mW powers of ultraviolet light targeting the overlapping Q 22 ( 21 / 2 ) and R 12 Q ( 21 / 2 ) transitions at 226.6 nm . The work verifies a new two-transition model of FAMOS addressing the electronic transitions in NO given in an accompanying work. Although the experimental instrumentation could address neither the parameter space of the theory nor the optimum conditions, the line shapes and the pressure dependence could be verified under low-field conditions. NO could be detected down to a partial pressure of 13 µTorr , roughly corresponding to 10 ppb · m for an atmospheric pressure sample, which demonstrates the feasibility of FAMOS for sensitive detection of NO addressing its strong electronic band.

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OCIS Codes
(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(020.7490) Atomic and molecular physics : Zeeman effect
(120.0280) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Remote sensing and sensors
(300.6260) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, diode lasers
(300.6540) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultraviolet
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 12, 2010
Published: October 8, 2010

Citation
Jie Shao, Lemthong Lathdavong, Jonas Westberg, Pawel Kluczynski, Stefan Lundqvist, and Ove Axner, "Faraday modulation spectrometry of nitric oxide addressing its electronic X2Π−A2Σ+ band: II. experiment," Appl. Opt. 49, 5614-5625 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-49-29-5614

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