2019-05-13Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/20888
Broadband vibrational sum-frequency generation spectrometer at 100 kHz in the 950-1750 cm−1 spectral range utilizing a LiGaS2 optical parametric amplifier
We present a 100 kHz broadband vibrational sum-frequency generation (VSFG) spectrometer operating in the 5.7-10.5 µm (950-1750 cm−1) wavelength range. The mid-infrared beam of the system is obtained from a collinear, type-I LiGaS2-crystal-based optical parametric amplifier seeded by a supercontinuum and pumped directly by 180 fs, ~32 µJ, 1.03 µm pulses from an Yb:KGd(WO4)2 laser system. Up to 0.5 µJ mid-infrared pulses with durations below 100 fs were obtained after dispersion compensation utilizing bulk materials. We demonstrate the utility of the spectrometer by recording high-resolution, low-noise vibrational spectra of Langmuir-Blodgett supported lipid monolayers on CaF2. The presented VSFG spectrometer scheme offers superior signal-to-noise ratios and constitutes a high-efficiency, low-cost, easy-to-use alternative to traditional schemes relying on optical parametric amplification followed by difference frequency generation.
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