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Optoacoustic Detection Employing Stark Voltage Modulation and Stark Polarization Modulation


Kavaya, Michael Joseph (1982) Optoacoustic Detection Employing Stark Voltage Modulation and Stark Polarization Modulation. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/JB2P-3726.


The conventional chopped laser radiation technique of optoacoustic detection suffers from a sensitivity-limiting synchronous background signal. This thesis reports on theoretical and experimental studies of two novel optoacoustic modulation techniques designed to reduce the background signal and thereby improve the sensitivity. A specialized optoacoustic detector is described, which is capable of being operated in the conventional chopped-laser modulation mode as well as in the new Stark voltage modulation and Stark polarization modulation modes; experimental results are given using all three modes of operation. Stark voltage modulation produces more than two orders of magnitude improvement in sensitivity over conventional modulation under identical conditions. Even greater sensitivities are shown to be attainable. A basic theory of conventional optoacoustic detection is developed and then applied to the new optoacoustic modulation techniques. An introduction to and history of optoacoustic detection are also presented.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:Electrical Engineering
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Electrical Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Bridges, William B.
Thesis Committee:
  • Bridges, William B. (chair)
  • Martel, Hardy Cross
  • Culick, Fred E. C.
  • Psaltis, Demetri
  • Menzies, Robert Thomas
Defense Date:30 November 1981
Non-Caltech Author Email:michael.j.kavaya (AT)
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-06072006-091651
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ID Code:2494
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Deposited On:07 Jun 2006
Last Modified:17 Jun 2020 23:36

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