We apply photon-trap spectroscopy, a generalized scheme of cavity ringdown spectroscopy, to infrared spectroscopy of molecular adsorbates on a solid substrate. The storage lifetime of light in a high-finesse Fabry-Perot cavity provides a high absorbance sensitivity for the substrate sample, which is placed exactly normal to the light beam in the cavity to minimize optical losses. Infrared spectra of the C-H stretching vibration of alkylsiloxane monolayer films on a silicon substrate are measured in three ways, namely by employing pulsed and continuous-wave lasers as well as by conventional Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The magnitude of optical absorption is shown to vary by the character of the interacting light used in the measurement, i.e., a standing wave versus a propagating wave.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Engineering (miscellaneous)
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering