A simple, accurate, and fast method to synthesize the physical parameters of a fiber Bragg grating numerically from its reflectivity is proposed and demonstrated. Our program uses the transfer matrix method and is based on a Nelder–Mead simplex optimization algorithm. It can be applied to both uniform and nonuniform (apodized and chirped) fiber Bragg gratings. The method is then used to synthesize a uniform Bragg grating from its reflectivity taken at different temperatures. It gives a good estimate of the thermal expansion coefficient and the thermo-optic coefficient of the fiber.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 17, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 20, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: September 22, 2004
Published: February 1, 2005
Frédéric Lhommé, Christophe Caucheteur, Karima Chah, Michel Blondel, and Patrice Mégret, "Synthesis of fiber Bragg grating parameters from experimental reflectivity: a simplex approach and its application to the determination of temperature-dependent properties," Appl. Opt. 44, 493-497 (2005)