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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 17 — Aug. 17, 2009
  • pp: 14665–14675

Ti:sapphire, broadband vibrational sum-frequency generation spectrometer with a counter-propagating geometry

Feng Ding, Qin Zhong, Michael R. Brindza, John T. Fourkas, and Robert A. Walker  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 17, pp. 14665-14675 (2009)

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We report the development of a counter-propagating, broadband vibrational sum-frequency generation spectrometer based on a Ti:sapphire regenerative amplifier. We present simple procedures for aligning the spectrometer and for setting the timing of the IR and visible pulses. We demonstrate that the use of this geometry offers a number of important advantages over a co-propagating geometry, including a high dynamic range, reduced nonresonant background signal at buried interfaces, and minimal beam deviation upon changing samples.

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OCIS Codes
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces
(300.6490) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, surface
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

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Original Manuscript: May 21, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2009
Published: August 4, 2009

Feng Ding, Qin Zhong, Michael R. Brindza, John T. Fourkas, and Robert A. Walker, "Ti:sapphire, broadband vibrational sumfrequency generation spectrometer with a counter-propagating geometry," Opt. Express 17, 14665-14675 (2009)

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