Fast, real-time spectrometer based on a pulsed quantum-cascade laser

E. Normand, M. McCulloch, G. Duxbury, N. Langford

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We describe a mid-infrared spectrometer that is based on the combination of a multiple-pass absorption cell and a submicrosecond pulsed quantum-cascade laser. The spectrometer is capable of both making sensitive measurements and providing a real-time display of the spectral fingerprint of molecular vapors. For a cell with a path length of 9.6 m, dilution measurements made of the v_9 band transitions of 1,1-difluoroethylene indicate a sensitivity of 500 parts in 10^9, corresponding to a fractional absorbance of 4 × 10^-4 .
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-18
Number of pages2
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


  • spectrometer
  • quantum physics
  • lasers
  • molecular vapours
  • optics

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