Dual-comb spectroscopy of water vapor with a free-running semiconductor disk laser

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Science  11 May 2017:
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam7424

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Dual-comb spectroscopy offers the potential for high accuracy combined with fast data acquisition. Applications are often limited, however, by the complexity of optical comb systems. Here we present dual-comb spectroscopy of water vapor using a substantially simplified single-laser system. Very good spectroscopy measurements with fast sampling rates are achieved with a free-running dual-comb mode-locked semiconductor disk laser. The absolute stability of the optical comb modes is characterized both for free-running operation and with simple microwave stabilization. This approach drastically reduces the complexity for dual-comb spectroscopy. Bandgap engineering to tune the center wavelength from the UV to the mid-IR could optimize frequency combs for specific gas targets, further enabling dual-comb spectroscopy for a wider range of industrial applications.

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