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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 32 — Nov. 10, 2009
  • pp: 6223–6228

Broadband optical pulse scattering from a glass fiber

Marc Currie, Janet W. Lou, and Jay D. Eversole  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 32, pp. 6223-6228 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.48.006223


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Abstract

We report results of scattering measurements using femtosecond pulses to collect a wealth of infor mation in a single experiment. Potential issues with particle scattering, such as variation in particle size, were avoided by using 9 and 50 μm diameter glass fibers. We first establish an angular scattering intensity baseline, and we show that the spectral width of very short pulses leads to smoothing of the angular scattering pattern, consistent with continuous broadband illumination. We then measure the angular scattering pattern from short pulses with a spectrometer and reveal an underlying spectral periodicity of broadband scattered light that is consistent with narrowband cw scattering. Our experimental results compare well with existing theory. We show that such two-dimensional experimental data and derived analytic solution can provide robust characterization of scattering objects even in the presence of noise.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.5820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Scattering measurements
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses
(320.7100) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast measurements

ToC Category:
Scattering

History
Original Manuscript: June 19, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 16, 2009
Published: November 4, 2009

Citation
Marc Currie, Janet W. Lou, and Jay D. Eversole, "Broadband optical pulse scattering from a glass fiber," Appl. Opt. 48, 6223-6228 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-32-6223

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