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Sensors 2017, 17(1), 102;

Iodine Absorption Cells Purity Testing

Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences, v.v.i., Královopolská 147, 61264 Brno, Czech Republic
National Institute of Metrological Research, Strada delle Cacce 91, 10135 Torino, Italy
Sytèmes de Référence Temps Espace, SYRTE/CNRS-UMR 8630/LNE/Observatoire de Paris/UPMC, 61, Avenue de l’Observatoire, 75014 Paris, France
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Academic Editor: W. Rudolf Seitz
Received: 5 November 2016 / Revised: 23 December 2016 / Accepted: 3 January 2017 / Published: 6 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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This article deals with the evaluation of the chemical purity of iodine-filled absorption cells and the optical frequency references used for the frequency locking of laser standards. We summarize the recent trends and progress in absorption cell technology and we focus on methods for iodine cell purity testing. We compare two independent experimental systems based on the laser-induced fluorescence method, showing an improvement of measurement uncertainty by introducing a compensation system reducing unwanted influences. We show the advantages of this technique, which is relatively simple and does not require extensive hardware equipment. As an alternative to the traditionally used methods we propose an approach of hyperfine transitions’ spectral linewidth measurement. The key characteristic of this method is demonstrated on a set of testing iodine cells. The relationship between laser-induced fluorescence and transition linewidth methods will be presented as well as a summary of the advantages and disadvantages of the proposed technique (in comparison with traditional measurement approaches). View Full-Text
Keywords: iodine cells; absorption spectroscopy; laser spectroscopy; laser standards; frequency stability iodine cells; absorption spectroscopy; laser spectroscopy; laser standards; frequency stability

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Hrabina, J.; Zucco, M.; Philippe, C.; Pham, T.M.; Holá, M.; Acef, O.; Lazar, J.; Číp, O. Iodine Absorption Cells Purity Testing. Sensors 2017, 17, 102.

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