We present a novel spectrum-slicing method for measuring the chromatic dispersion of an optical fiber in Fourier-domain low-coherence interferometry. Broadband spectral interference data obtained from a low-coherence inteferometer is sliced with Gaussian window functions. Each sliced spectral datum is used to calculate a relative group delay with Fourier transformation at the peak wavelength of a narrow window function. We have demonstrated that our proposed method is very powerful and simple for measuring chromatic dispersion and second-order dispersion in optical fibers and optical devices. Comparison of the proposed method with a conventional measurement method agrees within 0.5%.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2007
Published: October 8, 2007
J. Y. Lee and D. Y. Kim, "Spectrum-sliced Fourier-domain low-coherence interferometry for measuring the chromatic dispersion of an optical fiber," Appl. Opt. 46, 7289-7296 (2007)