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Opt Express. 2015 Aug 10;23(16):21149-58. doi: 10.1364/OE.23.021149.

Dual electro-optic optical frequency combs for multiheterodyne molecular dispersion spectroscopy.


In this paper, a multiheterodyne architecture for molecular dispersion spectroscopy based on a coherent dual-comb source generated using a single continuous wave laser and electro-optic modulators is presented and validated. The phase-sensitive scheme greatly simplifies previous dual-comb implementations by the use of an electro-optic dual comb and by phase-locking all the signal generators of the setup eliminating, in this way, the necessity of any reference optical path currently mandatory in absorption-based instruments. The architecture is immune to the classical baseline and normalization problems of absorption-based analyzers and provides an output linearly dependent on the gas concentration. In addition, the simultaneous parallel multi-wavelength measurement approach has the ability to deliver an improved output bandwidth (measurement speed) over gas analyzers based on tunable lasers.


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