Terahertz Spectroscopy of Gas Mixtures with Dual Quantum Cascade Laser Frequency Combs

Lukasz A. Sterczewski, Jonas Westberg, Yang Yang, David Burghoff, John Reno, Qing Hu, Gerard Wysocki

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Terahertz laser frequency combs based on quantum cascade lasers provide coherent, broadband, electrically pumped, THz radiation sources for use in future spectroscopic applications. Here, we explore the feasibility of such lasers in a dual-comb spectroscopy configuration for the detection of multiple molecular samples in the gas phase. The lasers span approximately 180 GHz of optical bandwidth, centered at 3.4 THz, with submilliwatt total optical power. One of the main advantages of dual-comb spectroscopy is its high speed, which opens up the possibility for direct observations of chemical reaction dynamics in the terahertz spectral region. As a proof-of-concept, we recorded continuously evolving spectra from gas mixtures with 1 ms temporal resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1082-1087
Number of pages6
JournalACS Photonics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 20 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • dual-comb spectroscopy
  • frequency comb
  • multispecies
  • quantum cascade laser
  • real-time
  • terahertz


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