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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 23878–23888

Absolute frequency list of the ν3-band transitions of methane at a relative uncertainty level of 10−11

Sho Okubo, Hirotaka Nakayama, Kana Iwakuni, Hajime Inaba, and Hiroyuki Sasada  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 23878-23888 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.023878


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Abstract

We determine the absolute frequencies of 56 rotation-vibration transitions of the ν3 band of CH4 from 88.2 to 90.5 THz with a typical uncertainty of 2 kHz corresponding to a relative uncertainty of 2.2 × 10−11 over an average time of a few hundred seconds. Saturated absorption lines are observed using a difference-frequency-generation source and a cavity-enhanced absorption cell, and the transition frequencies are measured with a fiber-laser-based optical frequency comb referenced to a rubidium atomic clock linked to the international atomic time. The determined value of the P(7) F2(2) line is consistent with the International Committee for Weights and Measures recommendation within the uncertainty.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular
(300.6460) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, saturation

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

History
Original Manuscript: September 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 31, 2011
Published: November 9, 2011

Citation
Sho Okubo, Hirotaka Nakayama, Kana Iwakuni, Hajime Inaba, and Hiroyuki Sasada, "Absolute frequency list of the ν3-band transitions of methane at a relative uncertainty level of 10−11," Opt. Express 19, 23878-23888 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-24-23878


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