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Segmented chirped-pulse Fourier transform submillimeter spectroscopy for broadband gas analysis



Justin L. Neill, Brent J. Harris, Amanda L. Steber, Kevin O. Douglass, David F. Plusquellic, Brooks H. Pate


Chirped-pulse Fourier transform spectroscopy has recently been extended to millimeter wave spectroscopy as a technique for the characterization of room-temperature gas samples. Here we present a variation of this technique that significantly reduces the technical requirements on high-speed digital electronics and the data throughput, with no reduction in the broadband spectral coverage and no increase in the time required to reach a given sensitivity level. This method takes advantage of the frequency agility of arbitrary waveform generators by utilizing a series of low-bandwidth chirped excitation pulses paired in time with a series of offset single frequency local oscillators, which are used to detect the molecular free induction decay signals in a heterodyne receiver. A demonstration of this technique is presented in which a 67 GHz bandwidth spectrum of methanol (spanning from 792 to 859 GHz) is acquired in 58 υs.
Optics Express


emission, far infrared or terahertz, heterodyne, solid-state detectors, spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation, spectroscopy


Neill, J. , Harris, B. , Steber, A. , Douglass, K. , Plusquellic, D. and Pate, B. (2013), Segmented chirped-pulse Fourier transform submillimeter spectroscopy for broadband gas analysis, Optics Express, [online],, (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created August 14, 2013, Updated October 12, 2021