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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2007
  • pp: 2297–2306

Model-based far-field alignment algorithm for Gaussian beamlike single-mode optical devices

Yves St-Amant, Daniel Gariépy, and Denis Rancourt  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 12, pp. 2297-2306 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.002297


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Abstract

Single-mode device-to-fiber alignment automation is usually achieved with a classical mathematical optimization approach. We present a different approach, which is based on the identification of particular intrinsic characteristics of the coupled optical power and on estimating residual axial, transverse, and angular misalignments in the far field. Such a model-based approach is based on the physical nature of the optical coupling phenomenon and can replace or be complementary to already known automated alignment methods. An alignment algorithm is described and validated experimentally using two single-mode fibers as Gaussian beam emitter and receiver.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(220.1140) Optical design and fabrication : Alignment

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: April 10, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 13, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 8, 2006
Published: April 3, 2007

Citation
Yves St-Amant, Daniel Gariépy, and Denis Rancourt, "Model-based far-field alignment algorithm for Gaussian beamlike single-mode optical devices," Appl. Opt. 46, 2297-2306 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-12-2297


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