- April 2015
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- Optical frequency combs (OFCs) generated through the modulation of continuous-wave lasers offer higher power per component, simple comb spacing control, and lower complexity and cost than traditional OFCs. By these reasons, they are an interesting optical source for spectrometers. In this letter, a dual-comb architecture based on two OFCs generated from the same laser using optical phase modulators is presented. The system features a new placement for the spectroscopic sample that increases the versatility, robustness, and stability of the instrument without requiring any reconfiguration for carrying out different types of measurement. Besides this, a self-referenced detection setup based on digital phase sensitive multitone detection improves the SNR of the previous approaches offering more flexibility in its configuration and high data output rate. The proposed architecture is validated by measuring a ro-vibrational absorption feature of HCN at 1544.51 nm and characterizing the spectral response of a fiber-coupled Fabry-Perot filter.
- optical fibers; optical mixing; optical filters; optical sensors; radio frequency; frequency modulation; optical frequency comb; heterodyne detection; optical mixing; fast spectroscopy; fabry-perot interferometers; natural frequencies; optical materials; phase modulation; spectrometers; spectrum analyzers; optical phase modulator; proposed architectures; spectral characterization; spectroscopic measurements; vibrational absorption; continuous wave lasers