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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 1998
  • pp: 219–221

Sensitive absorption spectroscopy with a room-temperature distributed-feedback quantum-cascade laser

K. Namjou, S. Cai, E. A. Whittaker, J. Faist, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, and A. Y. Cho  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp. 219-221 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.000219


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Abstract

We report what we believe are the first spectroscopic measurements to be made with a room-temperature quantum-cascade distributed-feedback laser. Using wavelength modulation spectroscopy, we detected N<sub>2</sub>O and CH<sub>4</sub> in the chemical fingerprint wavelength range near 8µm . The noise equivalent absorbance for our measurement was 5 parts in 10<sup>5</sup>, limited by excess amplitude modulation on the laser output, which corresponds to a 1-Hz bandwidth detection limit of 250 parts N<sub>2</sub>O in 10<sup>9</sup> parts N<sub>2</sub> in a 1-m path length.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(300.1030) Spectroscopy : Absorption
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

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K. Namjou, S. Cai, E. A. Whittaker, J. Faist, C. Gmachl, F. Capasso, D. L. Sivco, and A. Y. Cho, "Sensitive absorption spectroscopy with a room-temperature distributed-feedback quantum-cascade laser," Opt. Lett. 23, 219-221 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-3-219


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