Cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (CEAS) is a technology in which the intracavity absorption is deduced from the intensity of light transmitted by the high finesse optical cavity. Then the samples’ parameters, such as their species, concentration and absorption cross section, would be detection. It was first proposed and demonstrated by Engeln R. <sup></sup> and O’Keefe<sup></sup> in 1998. This technology has extraordinary detection sensitivity, high resolution and good practicability, so it is used in many fields , such as clinical medicine, gas detection and basic physics research. In this paper, we focus on the use of gas trace detection, including the advance of CEAS over the past twenty years, the newest research progresses, and the prediction of this technology’s development direction in the future.
We present a extended-cavity diode laser (ECDL) with megahertz linewidth by optical feedback from a folded
Fabry–Perot cavity, and demonstrate the efficient laser linewidth reduction and frequency stabilization of the optical
feedback technique. In our experiments, a folded Fabry–Perot cavity with a finesse of 4750 replaces the reflecting mirror in the traditional ECDL configuration, the folded Fabry–Perot cavity can serve as an optical feedback element, which forces the semiconductor laser automatically to lock its frequency optically to the cavity resonance frequency. The laser’s phase noise is significantly suppressed, and The laser’s linewidth is reduced from about 20GHz to 15MHz.
A frequency stabilization technique for a 632.8nm He-Ne laser with a high finesse Fabry-Perot cavity is introduced in this paper. The resonant frequency of the cavity is taken as the frequency standard .In this system the Fabry-Perot cavity is composed of a glass-ceramic spacer, with thermal expansion coefficient smaller than 2×10<sup>-8</sup>/°C ， which means an excellent thermal stabilization which greatly decreases the thermal impacts on the cavity length in the desired constant-temperature environment.The intra-cavity spherical mirror is specially designed, which makes the Fabry-cavity a sensor element in our subsequent experiments for a new practical optical accelerometer .Both cavity mirrors were custom made in our laboratory which have reflectivities greater than 99.995% at 632.8nm, so the Fabry–Perot cavity has a finesse of about 62830. The half-maximum transmission line width is about 55.48 KHz and the free spectral range is 3.5GHz .In the experimental setup, we adopt the frequency stabilization circuit with small dithering .With proper dithering voltage, the laser can be precisely locked to the Fabry-Perot cavity minimum reflection point. Theoretically the frequency stability can reach 10<sup>-10</sup> order.