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  • Vol. 44, Iss. 13 — May. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2496–2500

Test of photonic crystal fiber in broadband interferometry

Sébastien Vergnole, Laurent Delage, François Reynaud, Laurent Labonté, Philippe Roy, Gilles Mélin, and Laurent Gasca  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 13, pp. 2496-2500 (2005)

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Photonic crystal fibers (PCFs) are microstructured waveguides that are used in metrology, nonlinear optics, and coherent tomography. PCF studies are focused mainly on the improvement of dispersion properties and wide spectral single-mode operating domains. Consequently, in the astronomical context this kind of fiber is a good candidate for use in the design of a fiber-linked version of a stellar interferometer for aperture synthesis. We discuss the potential of these fibers to take advantage of wide spectral single-mode operation. We propose an experimental setup that acts as a two-beam interferometer that uses PCFs to measure fringe contrast at four wavelengths (670, 980, 1328, and 1543 nm), which correspond to the R, I, J, and H astronomical bands, respectively, with the same couple of PCFs. For this purpose we use, for the first time to our knowledge, a piezoelectric PCF optical path modulator.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2430) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, single-mode
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2004
Revised Manuscript: October 14, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 20, 2004
Published: May 1, 2005

Sébastien Vergnole, Laurent Delage, François Reynaud, Laurent Labonté, Philippe Roy, Gilles Mélin, and Laurent Gasca, "Test of photonic crystal fiber in broadband interferometry," Appl. Opt. 44, 2496-2500 (2005)

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