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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 17 — Aug. 20, 2007
  • pp: 10822–10831

Doppler-broadened fiber-laser-based NICE-OHMS — Improved detectability

Florian M. Schmidt, Aleksandra Foltynowicz, Weiguang Ma, Tomas Lock, and Ove Axner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 17, pp. 10822-10831 (2007)

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The performance of fiber-laser-based noise-immune cavity-enhanced optical heterodyne molecular spectrometry (NICE-OHMS) has been improved by elimination of the technical constraints that limited its first demonstration. Doppler-broadened detection of C2H2 and CO2 at ~1531 nm is demonstrated using a cavity with a finesse of 4800. Frequency and wavelength modulated detection at absorption and dispersion phase are compared and the optimum mode of detection is discussed. A minimum detectable absorption of 8×10-11 cm-1, which corresponds to a detection limit of 4.5 ppt (2 ppt·m) for C2H2, was obtained for an acquisition time of 0.7 s by lineshape fitting. The linearity of the pressure dependence of the signal strengths is investigated for both C2H2 and CO2.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3510) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, fiber
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6310) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, heterodyne
(300.6380) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, modulation

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Original Manuscript: June 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2007
Published: August 13, 2007

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Florian M. Schmidt, Aleksandra Foltynowicz, Weiguang Ma, Tomas Lock, and Ove Axner, "Doppler-broadened fiber-laser-based NICE-OHMS – Improved detectability," Opt. Express 15, 10822-10831 (2007)

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