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Cavity-enhanced laser absorption spectroscopy using microresonator whispering-gallery modes

Cavity-enhanced laser absorption spectroscopy using microresonator whispering-gallery modes

Optics Express 15(25): 17443-8

Tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy using microresonator whispering-gallery modes (WGMs) is demonstrated. WGMs are excited around the circumference of a cylindrical cavity 125 mum in diameter using an adiabatically tapered fiber. The microresonator is very conveniently tuned by stretching, enabling the locking of an individual WGM to the laser. As the laser is scanned in frequency over an atmospheric trace-gas absorption line, changes in the fiber throughput are recorded. The experimental results of cavity-enhanced detection using such a microresonator are centimeter effective absorption pathlengths in a volume of only a few hundred microns cubed. The measured effective absorption pathlengths are in good agreement with theory.

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PMID: 19551038

DOI: 10.1364/OE.15.017443

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