Applied Physics B

, Volume 102, Issue 2, pp 255–269 | Cite as

Frequency-comb-referenced mid-IR sources for next-generation environmental sensors

  • P. Cancio
  • S. Bartalini
  • S. Borri
  • I. Galli
  • G. Gagliardi
  • G. Giusfredi
  • P. Maddaloni
  • P. Malara
  • D. Mazzotti
  • P. De Natale
Article

Abstract

We report on recent development of IR spectrometers based on non-linear optical generation and quantum-cascade lasers. Frequency stabilization and referencing to optical frequency-comb synthesizers is described. Their characteristics for spectroscopic as well as metrological applications are pointed out. The potential of the combination of mid-IR sources with enhancement cavities for high-resolution and sensitive measurements of gas spectra is illustrated. Finally, we describe wave-front engineering of long wavelength beams for spatial control and imaging applications.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Cancio
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Bartalini
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. Borri
    • 1
    • 2
  • I. Galli
    • 1
    • 2
  • G. Gagliardi
    • 2
    • 3
  • G. Giusfredi
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. Maddaloni
    • 2
    • 3
  • P. Malara
    • 2
    • 3
  • D. Mazzotti
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. De Natale
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO)—CNRFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.European Laboratory for Nonlinear Spectroscopy (LENS)Sesto FiorentinoItaly
  3. 3.Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (INO)—CNRPozzuoliItaly

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