Abstract

A high-sensitivity spectroscopic system has been constructed with a GaAlAs diode laser by using two-tone frequency-modulation spectroscopy. We have demonstrated an absorption sensitivity of 3 × 10−7 in a 0.84-Hz bandwidth by using the Doppler-broadened water vapor absorption line at 12 238.32 cm−1. The sensitivity is limited by laser excess noise and is approximately five times less than the sensitivity expected on the basis of detector noise.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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