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Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy with visible light

: Lindner, Chiara; Wolf, Sebastian; Kießling, Jens; Kühnemann, Frank

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Optics Express 28 (2020), No.4, pp.4426-4432
ISSN: 1094-4087
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IPM ()
Infrared Spectroscopy; Optical Coherence Tomography; Optical Frequency Conversion; Phase Matching

Nonlinear interferometers allow spectroscopy in the mid-infrared range by detecting correlated visible light, for which non-cooled detectors with higher specific detectivity and lower dark count rates are available. We present a new approach for the registration of spectral information, which combines a nonlinear interferometer using non-degenerate spontaneous parametric down-conversion (SPDC) with a Fourier-transform spectroscopy concept. In order to increase the spectral coverage, we use broadband non-collinear SPDC in periodically poled LiNbO3. Without the need for spectrally selective detection, continuous spectra with a spectral bandwidth of more than 100 cm−1 are achieved. We demonstrate transmission spectra of a polypropylene sample measured with 6 cm−1 resolution in the spectral range between 3.2 µm to 3.9 µm.