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Application of frequency combs in the measurement of the refractive index of air
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FIG. 1.

Experimental setup. BS1, pellicle beam splitter; BS2, cube beam splitter; MPC, multipass cell; RR, retroreflector; L, lens; PD1 and PD2, photodiodes; FC, fiber coupler; and OSA, optical spectrum analyzer. The dashed line corresponds to the He–Ne laser optical path.

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FIG. 2.

Temperature reading of the multipass cell after the PID controller is turned on with set point at . The data are taken every . More than of data are taken, and the settling time is around . Inset, histogram of of data after the temperature is stabilized together with a Gaussian fit. The histogram is normalized to an area of 1. The rms value of the Gaussian fit is .

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FIG. 3.

(a) The peak-to-peak variation of the He–Ne interferometer output when a ramp signal is applied to the piezo. (b) The error signal input to the PID controller when the He–Ne interferometer is locked. The sampling rate of the signal is .

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FIG. 4.

(a) Interferograms in the time domain vs laser repetition rate when the multipass cell is filled with standard air or pumped out to a vacuum. (b) Interferograms in the frequency domain. The solid curve shows spectral modulation, and the dotted curve shows spectrum .

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FIG. 5.

(Left panel) Nonlinear least-squares fitting of the measured refractive index of air. (Right panel) Difference between the fitted result and Edlén’s formula. The standard error of the data point is .


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Scitation: Application of frequency combs in the measurement of the refractive index of air