Scientific Results

Measuring molecular frequencies in the 1-10 mu m range at 11-digits accuracy

Year: 2017

Authors: Insero G., Borri S., Calonico D., Cancio Pastor P., Clivati C., D’Ambrosio D., De Natale P., Inguscio M., Levi F., Santambrogio G.

Autors Affiliation: Istituto Nazionale di Ottica-CNR & Dipartimento di Fisica e Astronomia, UniversitĂ  di Firenze & European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy LENS, Via Nello Carrara 1, 50019, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy; INFN, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, Sez. di Firenze, Via Nello Carrara 1, 50019, Sesto Fiorentino, Italy; Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica INRIM, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135, Torino, Italy

Abstract: High-resolution spectroscopy in the 1-10 mu m region has never been fully tackled for the lack of widely-tunable and practical light sources. Indeed, all solutions proposed thus far suffer from at least one of three issues: they are feasible only in a narrow spectral range; the power available for spectroscopy is limited; the frequency accuracy is poor. Here, we present a setup for high-resolution spectroscopy, whose approach can be applied in the whole 1-10 mu m range. It combines the power of quantum cascade lasers (QCLs) and the accuracy achievable by difference frequency generation using an orientation patterned GaP crystal. The frequency is measured against a primary frequency standard using the Italian metrological fibre link network. We demonstrate the performance of the setup by measuring a vibrational transition in a highly-excited metastable state of CO around 6 mu m with 11 digits of precision.

Journal/Review: SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Volume: 7      Pages from: 12780  to: 12780

More Information: This work was supported by INFN under the SUPREMO project, and by EMPIR-15SIB05-OFTEN, which has received funding from the EMPIR programme co-financed by the Participating States and from the European Union
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-12891-6

Citations: 6
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