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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3212–3214

Precision measurement of the refractive index of carbon dioxide with a frequency comb

J. Zhang, Z. H. Lu, and L. J. Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 21, pp. 3212-3214 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.003212


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Abstract

We report a higher precision measurement of the refractive index of carbon dioxide using a frequency comb as the light source in a Mach–Zehnder interferometer setup. The experimental sensitivity can reach the level of 8.8 × 10 9 . Taking into account the measurement accuracy of temperature and pressure, the experimental accuracy has a value of 1.2 × 10 8 . The measurement result has a deviation from the commonly quoted result [Old et al., J. Opt. Soc. Am. 61, 89 (1971) ] by 6.4 × 10 7 at 800 nm .

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(120.4530) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical constants

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: August 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: September 26, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: September 30, 2007
Published: October 30, 2007

Citation
J. Zhang, Z. H. Lu, and L. J. Wang, "Precision measurement of the refractive index of carbon dioxide with a frequency comb," Opt. Lett. 32, 3212-3214 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-21-3212


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