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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2002
  • pp: 125–141

Cavity ring-down polarimetry (CRDP): theoretical and experimental characterization

Thomas Müller, Kenneth B. Wiberg, Patrick H. Vaccaro, James R. Cheeseman, and Michael J. Frisch  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 19, Issue 1, pp. 125-141 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.19.000125


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Abstract

Detailed theoretical analyses are presented for cavity ring-down polarimetry, a recently developed scheme for probing circular birefringence (nonresonant rotatory dispersion) and circular dichroism (resonant differential absorption) with unprecedented sensitivity. Aside from elucidating the nature of time-resolved signals generated by various modes of operation, the influence of instrumental imperfections on polarimetric response is examined. The unique ability of cavity ring-down polarimetry to interrogate nonresonant optical activity in low-pressure chiral vapors is demonstrated by extracting specific rotation parameters at two complementary excitation wavelengths (355 nm and 633 nm) for gaseous samples of α-pinene, β-pinene, and cis-pinane. The resulting isolated-molecule properties are contrasted with those derived from conventional solution-phase experiments and state-of-the-art ab initio calculations.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular

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Thomas Müller, Kenneth B. Wiberg, Patrick H. Vaccaro, James R. Cheeseman, and Michael J. Frisch, "Cavity ring-down polarimetry (CRDP): theoretical and experimental characterization," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 125-141 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-19-1-125

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