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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Jun. 8, 2009
  • pp: 9834–9839

Characterization of an external cavity diode laser based ring cavity NICE-OHMS system

C.L. Bell, G. Hancock, R. Peverall, G.A.D. Ritchie, J.H. van Helden, and N.J. van Leeuwen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 9834-9839 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.009834


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Abstract

The performance of an external cavity diode laser based noise immune cavity enhanced optical heterodyne molecular spectrometer is presented. To reduce the noise on the signal a ring cavity and a circuit to remove residual amplitude modulation on the pre-cavity laser radiation was implemented. We demonstrate a sensitivity of 4 x 10−11 cm−1 Hz-1/2 using a cavity with a finesse of 2600 on a Doppler-broadened transition of CH4 at 6610.063 cm−1.

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OCIS Codes
(140.2020) Lasers and laser optics : Diode lasers
(140.4780) Lasers and laser optics : Optical resonators
(300.6310) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, heterodyne
(300.6360) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, laser
(300.6380) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, modulation

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: March 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: May 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2009
Published: May 27, 2009

Citation
C.L. Bell, G. Hancock, R. Peverall, G.A.D. Ritchie, J.H. van Helden, and N.J. van Leeuwen, "Characterization of an external cavity diode laser based ring cavity NICE-OHMS system," Opt. Express 17, 9834-9839 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-12-9834


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