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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 1 — Jan. 2, 2012
  • pp: 547–561

Ultra-broadband sum-frequency vibrational spectrometer of aqueous interfaces based on a non-collinear optical parametric amplifier

Oleksandr Isaienko and Eric Borguet  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 547-561 (2012)

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We describe an ultrabroadband IR-visible sum-frequency (SF) setup that allows simultaneous acquisition of the entire vibrational spectrum of water molecules at mineral surfaces in the OH stretching region without ever tuning the IR laser pulses. Our newly developed 800-nm pumped noncollinear optical parametric amplifier (NOPA) generates broadband mid-IR pulses (~1800-3500 nm, or ~2900 – 6000 cm−1) with bandwidths >600 cm−1 at half-maximum at near 3500 cm−1. Using the ultra-broadband IR NOPA, we constructed a sum-frequency vibrational spectrometer that allowed the acquisition of spectra of the OH stretches of water at hydrophilic and hydrophobic silica surfaces, over the frequency range ~2900 – 3800 cm−1, within 60 s, much shorter than with scanning SFG spectrometers. The ultra-broadband SFG spectrometer reported here can be potentially applied to time-resolved measurements of kinetics at interfaces.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4350) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(300.6490) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, surface
(240.1485) Optics at surfaces : Buried interfaces

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Original Manuscript: September 26, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 29, 2011
Published: December 21, 2011

Oleksandr Isaienko and Eric Borguet, "Ultra-broadband sum-frequency vibrational spectrometer of aqueous interfaces based on a non-collinear optical parametric amplifier," Opt. Express 20, 547-561 (2012)

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