Abstract

A 3D ray tracing model is used to simulate optical reinjection in a nonresonant optical cavity, for off-axis integrated cavity output spectroscopy. The optical cavities are optimized for maximum intensity enhancement factors via a grid search and a genetic algorithm. Intensity enhancement factors up to 1400 are found for short cavities (3 cm) and up to 101 for long cavities (50 cm). The model predicts that short absorption cells can be used, having a long effective path length and a high throughput power. This opens new opportunities in the field of ultrasensitive absorption spectroscopy and allows the design of compact optical gas sensors.

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