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13 February 2008 Mid-infrared QPM laser sources for high-precision atmospheric trace gas measurements
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Tunable, mid-infrared lasers based on quasi-phase matched bulk PPLN crystals have successfully been implemented on airborne atmospheric research platforms and enabling a detectable fractional absorbance of about 5E-7, which equates to single digit part-per-trillion detectable concentrations for many atmospherically important trace gases. Emerging development of ridge waveguide type PPLN crystals show promising performance characteristics, including 100 times better conversion efficiency and good beam quality, which enable more compact system designs. In addition, the flexibility afforded by QPM structured materials to generate coherent mid-infrared radiation, permit unique multi-wavelength operation and detection techniques.
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Dirk Richter, Petter Weibring, Alan Fried, James G. Walega, Osamu Tadanaga, Masaki Asobe, and Hiroyuki Suzuki "Mid-infrared QPM laser sources for high-precision atmospheric trace gas measurements", Proc. SPIE 6875, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications VII, 68750J (13 February 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.762294; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.762294
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