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Frequency-feedback cavity enhanced spectrometer

United States Patent

August 18, 2015
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A spectrometer comprising an optical cavity, a light source capable of producing light at one or more wavelengths transmitted by the cavity and with the light directed at the cavity, a detector and optics positioned to collect light transmitted by the cavity, feedback electronics causing oscillation of amplitude of the optical signal on the detector at a frequency that depends on cavity losses, and a sensor measuring the oscillation frequency to determine the cavity losses.
Hovde; David Christian (Cincinnati, OH), Gomez; Anthony (Santa Fe, NM)
Southwest Sciences Incorporated (Santa Fe, NM)
14/ 309,495
June 19, 2014
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-SC0007534 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.