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Injection seeded single mode intra-cavity absorption spectroscopy

: Scherer, B.; Salzmann, W.; Wöllenstein, J.; Weidemüller, M.


Applied Physics. B 96 (2009), Nr.2-3, S.281-286
ISSN: 0340-3793
ISSN: 0721-7269
ISSN: 0946-2171
ISSN: 1432-0649
Fraunhofer IPM ()
semiconductor laser; dye laser

We present a single mode intra-cavity spectroscopy system in which the test laser is locked to a narrow band external single mode laser. This technique solves many problems typically encountered in single mode intra-cavity spectroscopy: it results in good tuning properties, a stable single mode operation close to the lasing threshold, a high side-mode suppression and a reduction of spontaneous emission without the use of any frequency selective element. Measurements of broadband absorptions as well as measurements of a narrow band absorption line of the oxygen A-band are presented and compared with theoretical model predictions. The prototype described in this work provides an enhancement in sensitivity of approximately a factor of 12, and it demonstrates the influence of optical injection to single mode intra-cavity spectroscopy. As there is no need for any frequency selective element inside the cavity, the sensitivity can be massively enhanced by optimizing the laser cavity.