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Title:Frequency band performance comparisons for room-temperature chirped pulse millimeter wave spectroscopy
Author(s):Neill, Justin L.
Contributor(s):Pate, Brooks; Muckle, Matt; Pulliam, Robin; Harris, Brent
Subject(s):Chirped pulse
Abstract:We present a performance comparison between chirped pulse millimeter wave spectrometers operating over 75-110, 260-290, and 520-580 GHz. For molecules at room temperature, the line strength has an approximately $\nu^3$ dependence until the peak of the Boltzmann distribution (typically in the submillimeter) is reached. However, we find competitive performance for 75-110 GHz spectrometers--with an average sensitivity drop of approximately 3-5 in equal measurement time, compared to a 260-290 GHz instrument with the same excitation power and measurement cell length. The narrower linewidth and lower line density at lower frequency, moreover, increase the usable dynamic range at 75-110 GHz by a factor of approximately 3-10 before reaching the confusion limit, giving better performance for extracting weak lines in a strong forest. This talk will discuss the reasons for and implications of these differences in performance for applications of chirped pulse millimeter wave spectroscopy.
Issue Date:2016-06-24
Publisher:International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 by the authors
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-01-26

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