Ringdown and cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy using a continuous-wave tunable diode laser and a rapidly swept optical cavity

Yabai He*, Brian J. Orr

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Abstract

We use a rapidly swept optical cavity in a novel approach to cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS) with a continuous-wave (cw) laser. This simplifies cw-CRDS by eliminating the need for a fast optical switch and is demonstrated by recording weak combination-band spectra of carbon dioxide diluted in nitrogen, using a cw single-mode tunable diode laser (TDL) in the 1.55 μm near-infrared region. We employ a simultaneous combination of CRDS and cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy, to compensate for nonlinear CRDS response that is observed for stronger absorption features. Experimental results and performance characteristics are presented, together with numerical simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-137
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume319
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2000

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