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Title: Mid-infrared dual comb spectroscopy with asynchronous optical parametric oscillators
Author: Kara, Oguzhan
ISNI:       0000 0004 7963 5243
Awarding Body: Heriot-Watt University
Current Institution: Heriot-Watt University
Date of Award: 2018
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Dual-comb spectroscopy (DCS) is a novel approach that uses asynchronous broadband coherent sources to achieve Fourier-transform-like spectroscopy but with no moving parts and at kHz acquisition rates. To date, fully resolved and accurate dual-comb spectrometers have been demonstrated in the near-infrared and applied to broadband spectroscopy for precise measurement of molecular centerlines, spectral lidar, and greenhouse gases from the near- to mid-IR. This thesis describes DCS with asynchronous optical parametric oscillators and explores their applications in rapid, high-resolution broadband spectroscopy in the mid-infared. Initially a dual-comb spectrometer was designed with two identical optical parametric oscillators (OPOs) pumped by two identical Yb:fibre lasers and its stability performance was characterized measuring relative intensity noise. First experiments were accomplished by using free-running independent MgO:PPLN based OPOs with a repetition-rate difference of 500 Hz, achieving resolutions of 0.2 cm-1 across a wavelength range 3.1 to 3.5 μm; an absolute wavelength calibration technique was employed to allow registration and averaging of consecutively acquired dual-comb spectra. Then experiments were repeated with a dual-comb source for the spectral fingerprint region based on a pair of entirely free-running OPOs, each pumped by a 1-µm femtosecond laser and utilizing the new gain medium orientation-patterned gallium phosphide (OPGaP) to produce broadband idler pulses tunable from 6-8 µm. Methane absorption spectroscopy in the deep infrared region was demonstrated with the same wavelength calibration approach for both dual-comb spectrometers, leading to a high quality and low-noise absorbance measurement with spectral coverage simultaneously spanning the methane P, Q and R branches in good agreement with the Hitran database.
Supervisor: Reid, Derryck T. Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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