Abstract

The technique of line-locked wavelength modulation with 2f detection is applied to the measurement of water vapor concentration and absorption line parameters by using an 820-nm AlGaAs communications diode laser. Measurements of the 2f signal as a function of the modulation amplitude yield accurate concentrations and line parameters over a pressure range of an order of magnitude and half-widths from 0.02 to 0.15 cm−1. Using two different spectral lines, we determined concentrations and line parameters with 1% precision, and the absolute accuracy of the line parameters is 3% or better. The results have been used to calculate calibration curves for a diode laser humidity monitor.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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