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Optical parametric oscillator based off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy for rapid chemical sensing

Denis D. Arslanov, Simona M. Cristescu, and Frans J. M. Harren  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 19, pp. 3300-3302 (2010)

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An optical parametric oscillator (OPO), pumped by a fiber-amplified diode laser, is combined with off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy (OA-ICOS). The cw OPO (power 1.2 W , tunability 3 4 μm , 5 cm 1 mode-hop-free tuning) has a tuning speed of 100 THz / s , which is ideal for rapid and sensitive trace gas detection. Combined with OA-ICOS, a detection limit of 50 parts per trillion by volume ( 1 × 10 12 ) of ethane ( C 2 H 6 ) in nitrogen was obtained in 0.25 s at 2997 cm 1 , corresponding to a noise equivalent absorption sensitivity of 4.8 × 10 11 cm 1 Hz 1 / 2 . The system demonstrates real-time measurements of methane and water in exhaled human breath.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(190.4970) Nonlinear optics : Parametric oscillators and amplifiers
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared
(300.6390) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, molecular

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Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: August 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: September 14, 2010
Published: September 30, 2010

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Vol. 5, Iss. 14 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Denis D. Arslanov, Simona M. Cristescu, and Frans J. M. Harren, "Optical parametric oscillator based off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy for rapid chemical sensing," Opt. Lett. 35, 3300-3302 (2010)

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