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CAVITY RINGDOWN SPECTROSCOPY WITH A CW $CO_{2}$-LASER, MICROWAVE-MODULATED SIDEBAND SYSTEM

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Title: CAVITY RINGDOWN SPECTROSCOPY WITH A CW $CO_{2}$-LASER, MICROWAVE-MODULATED SIDEBAND SYSTEM
Creators: Bucher, C. R.; Lehmann, K. K.; Fraser, G. T.; Plusquellic, D. F.
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: Ohio State University
Abstract: This work reports the first observation of a ringdown decay from an empty resonator using a $< 0.5$ MHz linewidth, cw, carbon dioxide laser with $\sim 1$ mW of microwave sidebands separated 8 GHz to 18 GHz from the $CO_{2}$ carrier frequency. The resonator consists of a Fabry-Perot interferometer with two highly reflective mirrors $(R\sim 99.5\%)$ separated by 1.2 m providing an optical pathlength for absorption of 420 m and a theoretical ringdown time of 800 ns. At present, the lack of availability of highly reflective mid-infrared mirrors places an upper limit on the ringdown time. One of the benefits of using an extremely high resolution laser is that a single mode of the cavity can be selectively monitored. Future investigations with the experimental system include saturation spectroscopy of unstable chemical species, such as ozone, for accurate concentration determination.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/18849
Other Identifiers: 1998-MI-11
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