We demonstrate a cavity ringdown spectrometer that affords a frequency resolution higher than the conventional limit imposed by the bandwidth of a pulsed laser source. A Fabry-Perot etalon at the exit of a ringdown cavity disperses the frequency components of a broadband ringdown signal spatially, permitting a narrow-linewidth spectral measurement based on single-exponential decay signals. A proof of principle experiment is presented with the P(9) transition of the _10000 band of C2H2. This technique is expected to be useful for in situ monitoring molecular concentration.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry