DISCOVERY AND FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT OF SHORT-WAVELENGTH FAR-INFRARED LASER EMISSIONS: A REVIEW

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 Title: DISCOVERY AND FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT OF SHORT-WAVELENGTH FAR-INFRARED LASER EMISSIONS: A REVIEW Creators: Jackson, M.; Zink, L. R.; Vasconcellos, E. C. C. Issue Date: 2006 Publisher: Ohio State University Abstract: \maketitle An optically pumped molecular laser system has been usedto discover short-wavelength ($\lambda$ $<$ 150 $\mu$m) far-infrared (FIR) laser emissions. With this system, fifty-five FIR laser emissions, having wavelengths ranging from 26.3 to 185.0 $\mu$m, were discovered from hydrazine (N$_{2}$H$_{4}$) and several isotopic forms of methanol (CD$_{3}$OH, $^{13}$CH$_{3}$OH, $^{13}$CD$_{3}$OD, CH$_{2}$DOH, CHD$_{2}$OH, CH$_{3}$OD and $^{13}$CD$_{3}$OH). Once discovered, the three-laser heterodyne technique was used to measure the frequencies of these laser emissions. Recently, several improvements were made to the experimental heterodyne system that have resulted in an increase in the spectral range used to search for the beat between the known and unknown laser frequencies (an increase of up to 25 GHz) as well as an increase in the system's sensitivity (by up to a factor of 30), all without requiring the use of an additional microwave frequency source. Along with an overview of the experimental systems, a review of the FIR laser emissions that have been discovered and measured will be presented. Description: Author Institution: Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601; Instituto de F\isica Gleb Wataghin,'' Departamento; de Eletronica Quantica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas; (UNICAMP), 13083-970 Campinas, S\ {a}o Paulo, Brazil URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/30885 Other Identifiers: 2006-MG-10