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Time-Resolved Frequency Comb Spectroscopy

Location

Material Measurement Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division

RO# Location
50.64.61.B8328 Gaithersburg, MD

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Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Fleisher, Adam J adam.fleisher@nist.gov 301.975.4864
Hodges, Joseph Terence jhodges@nist.gov 301.975.2605
Long, David A david.long@nist.gov 301.975.3298

Description

Optical frequency combs helped define a new era of precision molecular spectroscopy. We currently use optical combs as both metrology tools, as well as for direct molecular spectroscopy. As a metrology tool, combs act as absolute optical frequency references to which continuous-wave lasers can be compared and phase-locked. When used to perform direct comb spectroscopy, broadband spectra can be retrieved at 100 kHz acquisition rates, and therefore transient and time-resolved phenomena can be examined with high precision. Opportunities currently exist to perform comb-assisted and/or direct comb spectroscopy in the near- and/or mid-infrared. Potential applications include time-resolved chemical kinetics of atmospherically relevant free radicals, the trace detection of radiocarbon dioxide (14CO2), and the precision validation of advanced lineshape models and other reference data.

 

References

Fleisher AJ, et al: “Mid-infrared time-resolved frequency comb spectroscopy of transient free radicals.” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 5: 2241-2246, 2014

Long DA, et al: “Multiheterodyne spectroscopy with optical frequency combs generated from a continuous wave laser.” Optics Letters 39: 2688-2690, 2014

 

Keywords:
Frequency combs; Spectroscopy; Phase stabilization; Chemical kinetics; Ultrafast; Optical cavities; Fiber optics; Electro-optic modulators; Lasers;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral applicants
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