An Advanced Optical Frequency Dual-Comb Spectroscopy

Abstract/Technology Overview

Spectroscopic sensing techniques have been applied to virtually all fields of science and technology.

Optical spectroscopy is used to routinely identify extremely low chemical compositions of matter, such as trace elements of pollutants or contaminants. Optical Frequency Combs enable users to measure samples with high accuracy, and have permitted a wide range of scientific and technical advances.

Optical dual frequency comb instruments are typically:

  • expensive (est. >$150k p/unit)
  • inherently large
  • complex by design to achieve mutual coherence

Technology Features, Specifications and Advantages

Researchers have developed a standalone, compact, and free-running dual-comb spectrometer based on two passively mode-locked waveguide lasers, integrated into a single glass chip.

This inherently stable and simplified system achieves fully resolved comb modes (spaced at ~800 MHz). This can be done by real-time tracking and correction of residual drifts while bypassing the use of inherently complex and unreliable single-frequency lasers, external signals, or control electronics.

The result of this technological breakthrough offers unmatched levels of spectral resolution accuracy, simplicity, and stability in dual-comb spectroscopy.

Potential Applications

As a consequence of this technological breakthrough, we anticipate the production of an entire system for a fraction of the cost and size of existing, comparative instruments.

There are multiple potential applications for this technology, some of which include:

  • Chemical analysis and sensing
  • Vibration monitoring 
  • Temperature sensing 
  • Pressure monitoring 
  • Remote sensing

Customer Benefit

  • Low cost production efficiencies
  • Compact, monolithic device design
  • Improved comb coherence and stability
  • Inherent mode-resolved spectroscopy
  • Self-correction to extract & compensate for fluctuations in comb coherence

Contact Person

Viraj Perera


UniSA Ventures Pty Ltd

Technology Category
  • Sensors & Instrumentation
Technology Status
  • Available for Licensing
Technology Readiness Level
  • TRL 3

dual-comb spectroscopy, optical spectroscopy, optical frequency combs, optical dual frequency comb