Abstract

Expressions for the in-coupling of white noise and etalons into fitted signal strengths are derived. These show that the amount of noise picked up is affected by the scanning range. A methodology for finding the optimum scanning range from a single set of measurements has been developed. This was used to estimate the optimum conditions of a noise-immune, cavity-enhanced optical heterodyne molecular spectroscopy (NICE-OHMS) setup. The methodology was validated by measurements. This resulted in a spectral noise equivalent absorption per unit length of 2.6×1013cm1Hz1/2 and a minimum Allan deviation of 9×1014cm1 at 30 s, which are, to our knowledge, the lowest reported for Doppler-broadened NICE-OHMS.

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