A new technique to improve the sensitivity of frequency-modulation laser absorption spectroscopy is reported. Theoretical analysis and experimental demonstration show that the application of two harmonically related, appropriately phase-shifted rf waves to the electro-optic modulator can reduce the residual amplitude-modulation background signal in the photodetector output current without reducing the absorption-induced signal. When the new method was used, the residual amplitude-modulation background was reduced by a factor of 4. Our results suggest that shot-noise-limited detection sensitivity may eventually be achieved without using dual-beam compensation or dc-biased modulators.
© 1988 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 12, 1987
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 1988
Published: June 1, 1988
Edward A. Whittaker, Haim Grebel, Haim Lotem, and Chi Man Shum, "Reduction of residual amplitude modulation in frequency-modulation spectroscopy by using harmonic frequency modulation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 5, 1253-1256 (1988)