Calibration-free WMS using a cw-DFB-QCL, a VCSEL, and an edge-emitting DFB laser with in-situ real-time laser parameter characterization

Abhishek Upadhyay, David Wilson, Michael Lengden, Arup L. Chakraborty, George Stewart, Walter Johnstone

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This paper presents a detailed experimental wavelength modulation spectroscopy approach and demonstrates its applicability to various types of semiconductor lasers in the near infrared and mid-infrared. A 5250 nm continuous-wave distributed feedback quantum cascade laser, a 2004 nm vertical cavity surface emitting laser, and a 1650 nm distributed feedback edge-emitting laser are used to extract the concentration and pressure values of nitric oxide, carbon dioxide, and methane, respectively, using the 2f wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) technique under controlled conditions. The generality of the technique is demonstrated by extending it to 3f WMS for the three different kinds of lasers used in this study. The methodology required to provide in-situ real-time measurements of both gas parameters and operating characteristics of the laser are described in detail. Finally, the advantages and limitations of the technique are discussed in view of the fact that the characteristic behavior of the laser sources is significantly different. We specifically discuss the issue of targeting non-absorbing wavelength regions and the choice of modulation frequency and modulation amplitude of the laser, as well as the choice of the detection harmonic.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6801217
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Photonics Journal
Issue number2
Early online date18 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2017


  • harmonic wavelength modulation spectroscopy
  • calibration-free
  • semiconductor lasers
  • laser spectroscopy
  • harmonic detection
  • modulation frequency
  • modulation amplitude

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    Measurement of CO2 Concentration and Temperature in an Aero Engine Exhaust Plume Using Wavelength Modulation Spectroscopy

    Wilson, D. (Creator), Benoy, T. (Contributor), Lengden, M. (Contributor), Armstrong, I. (Contributor), Stewart, G. (Contributor) & Johnstone, W. (Contributor), University of Strathclyde, 27 Jun 2017


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    Recovery of absorption line shapes with correction for the wavelength modulation characteristics of DFB lasers

    Benoy, T., Lengden, M., Stewart, G. & Johnstone, W., 4 May 2016, In : IEEE Photonics Journal. 8, 3, 16 p., 1501717.

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