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PDH-locked, frequency-stabilized cavity ring-down spectrometer



Joseph T. Hodges, A. Cygan, Piotr Maslowski, Katarzyna E. Bielska, S. Wojtewicz, J. Domyslawska, Hisashi Abe, R.S. Trawinski, R. Ciurylo


We describe a high sensitivity and high spectral resolution laser absorption spectrometer based upon the frequency-stabilized cavity ring-down spectroscopy (FS-CRDS) technique. We used the Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH) method to lock the probe laser to the high-finesse ring-down cavity in order to optimize the acquisition rate and the signal-to-noise ratio. We show that the concomitant narrowing of the probe laser line width leads to dramatically increased ring-down event acquisition rates (up to 13.5 kHz), improved spectrum signal-to-noise ratios for weak O2 absorption spectra at  =687 nm and substantial increases in spectrum acquisition rates compared to implementations of FS-CRDS that do not incorporate high-bandwidth locking techniques. The minimum detectable absorption coefficient and the noise-equivalent absorption coefficient for the spectrometer are about 2x10-10 cm-1 and 8x10-11 cm-1 Hz-1/2, respectively.
Review of Scientific Instruments


Oxygen, B-band, Cavity ring-down spectroscopy, Remote Sensing, Cavity stabilization


Hodges, J. , Cygan, A. , Maslowski, P. , Bielska, K. , Wojtewicz, S. , Domyslawska, J. , Abe, H. , Trawinski, R. and Ciurylo, R. (2011), PDH-locked, frequency-stabilized cavity ring-down spectrometer, Review of Scientific Instruments, [online], (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created June 16, 2011, Updated November 10, 2018