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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2004
  • pp: 3185–3190

Reference-frequency generation by Raman-enhanced four-photon mixing

Sonia Martín López, Miguel González Herráez, Pedro Corredera, María Luisa Hernanz, and Antonio Corróns  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 15, pp. 3185-3190 (2004)

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Reference-frequency generation for optical fiber instrumentation is now restricted to the frequency bands in which the reference materials have well-resolved absorption lines. We study analytically and experimentally the possibility of generating reference wavelengths by use of Raman-enhanced four-photon mixing in an optical fiber. We show that it is possible to generate efficiently frequencies that are 10–40 nm away from the absorption bands of the usual reference materials: acetylene (12C2H2), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), and similar or derived species. As a demonstration we use an acetylene cell to generate reference frequencies that cover the whole C (1530–1565 nm) and some part of the L (1565–1625 nm) transmission bands of the optical fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(060.4370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.5650) Nonlinear optics : Raman effect

Original Manuscript: September 27, 2003
Revised Manuscript: February 11, 2004
Published: May 20, 2004

Sonia Martín López, Miguel González Herráez, Pedro Corredera, María Luisa Hernanz, and Antonio Corróns, "Reference-frequency generation by Raman-enhanced four-photon mixing," Appl. Opt. 43, 3185-3190 (2004)

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