Dispersive atomic vapor raman filter Patent uri icon


  • A method and apparatus for collecting and analyzing Raman scattered light includes an atomic vapor cell (10) configured to spectrally disperse light by resonant dispersion while simultaneously suppressing Rayleigh scattering and other background scattering through resonant absorption. A light source (1) is used to illuminate a sample (2). The light source (1) is tuned in the vicinity of the absorption feature of some atomic vapor. The resonant dispersion of the vapor is well known to strongly vary in the vicinity of such an absorption feature. If the light source (1) is tuned in the vicinity of the absorption, then the Rayleigh light is strongly attenuated. The Raman light is transmitted through the filter. If the filter is constructed so that the dispersive nature of the atomic vapor in the vicinity of the absorption line bends the light rays as they pass through the atomic vapor cell (10), then the Raman light can be spatially displaced.

author list (cited authors)

  • Miles, R. B., Lempert, W. R., & Finkelstein, N.

complete list of authors

  • Miles, RB||Lempert, WR||Finkelstein, N

publication date

  • October 2001