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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2006
  • pp: 363–369

Signal and noise in Fourier-transform sum-frequency surface vibrational spectroscopy with femtosecond lasers

John A. McGuire and Y. R. Shen  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 363-369 (2006)

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We describe theory and experiment for Fourier-transform sum-frequency surface vibrational spectroscopy using femtosecond lasers and discuss some practical issues in comparing it with the multichannel dispersive sum-frequency generation approach to obtain sub-laser-linewidth resolution in vibrational spectra. A signal-to-noise ratio analysis shows that the former is inferior for several inherent reasons if infrared and visible pulses used are derived from a typical 1 kHz femtosecond oscillator–amplifier system.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms
(300.6420) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, nonlinear
(300.6490) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, surface
(320.7150) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast spectroscopy

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Original Manuscript: June 10, 2005
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: September 22, 2005

John A. McGuire and Y. R. Shen, "Signal and noise in Fourier-transform sum-frequency surface vibrational spectroscopy with femtosecond lasers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 363-369 (2006)

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