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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 29 — Oct. 10, 2007
  • pp: 7289–7296

Spectrum-sliced Fourier-domain low-coherence interferometry for measuring the chromatic dispersion of an optical fiber

J. Y. Lee and D. Y. Kim  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 29, pp. 7289-7296 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.007289


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Abstract

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

OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Interferometry

History
Original Manuscript: March 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: June 13, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 16, 2007
Published: October 8, 2007

Citation
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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-29-7289


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