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A K$_{A}$-BAND CHIRPED-PULSE FOURIER TRANSFORM MICROWAVE SPECTROMETER

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Title: A K$_{A}$-BAND CHIRPED-PULSE FOURIER TRANSFORM MICROWAVE SPECTROMETER
Creators: Zaleski, Daniel P.; Neill, Justin L.; Muckle, Matthew T.; Pate, Brooks H.; Carroll, P. Brandon; Weaver, Susanna L. Widicus
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: The design and performance of a new chirped-pulse Fourier transform microwave (CP-FTMW) spectrometer operating from 25-40 GHz will be discussed. A 10.5-3 GHz linear frequency sweep, generated by a 24 GS/s arbitrary waveform generator, is upconverted by a 23.00 GHz phase-locked oscillator, then fed into an active doubler to create a 25-40 GHz chirped pulse. After amplification with a 60-80 W pulsed traveling wave tube amplifier, the pulse is broadcast across a molecular beam chamber where it interacts with a molecular sample. The molecular FID signal is downconverted with the 23 GHz oscillator so that it can be digitized on a 50 GS/s oscilloscope with 16 GHz hardware bandwidth. The sensitivity and phase stability of this spectrometer is comparable to that of the previously reported 6.5-18.5 CP-FTMW spectrometer.., \textit{Rev. Sci. Instrum.} \textbf{79} (2008) 053103.} On propyne ($\mu=0.78$ D), a single-shot signal to noise ratio of approximately 200:1 is observed on the $J=2-1$ rotational transition at 34183 MHz when the full bandwidth is swept; optimal excitation is observed for this transition with a 250 MHz bandwidth sweep. The emission has a $T_2$ lifetime of 4 $\mu$s. Early results from this spectrometer, particularly in the study of species of astrochemical interest, will be presented.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1811/46313
Other Identifiers: 2010-TC-11
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