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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 49, Iss. 25 — Sep. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4791–4800

Photonic bandgap fiber bundle spectrometer

Qu Hang, Bora Ung, Imran Syed, Ning Guo, and Maksim Skorobogatiy  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 49, Issue 25, pp. 4791-4800 (2010)

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By using a photonic bandgap (PBG) fiber bundle and a monochrome CCD camera, we experimentally demonstrate an all-fiber spectrometer. A total of 100 Bragg fibers that have complementary and overlapping bandgaps are chosen to compose the fiber bundle. A monochrome CCD is then used to capture the binned image. To reconstruct the test spectrum from a single CCD image, we develop an algorithm based on pseudoinversion of the spectrometer transmission matrix. We demonstrate that the peak center wave length can always be reconstructed within several percent of its true value regardless of the peak width or position, and that, although the widths of the individual Bragg fiber bandgaps are quite large ( 60 180 nm ), the spectroscopic system has a resolution limit of 30 nm . Moreover, we conclude that, by minimizing system errors, the resolution can be further improved down to several nanometers in width. Finally, we report fabrication of PBG fiber bundles containing hundreds of fibers using a two-stage drawing technique. This method constitutes a very promising approach toward industrial-strength fabrication of all-fiber spectrometers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2350) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics imaging
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(060.5295) Fiber optics and optical communications : Photonic crystal fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: March 4, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 19, 2010
Published: August 27, 2010

Qu Hang, Bora Ung, Imran Syed, Ning Guo, and Maksim Skorobogatiy, "Photonic bandgap fiber bundle spectrometer," Appl. Opt. 49, 4791-4800 (2010)

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