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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 52, Iss. 12 — Apr. 20, 2013
  • pp: 2633–2639

Combined laser and broadband light for measuring the tuning relation of an acousto-optic tunable filter

Huijie Zhao, Chongchong Li, Ying Zhang, and Pengwei Zhou  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 52, Issue 12, pp. 2633-2639 (2013)

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To improve the tuning relation accuracy of an acousto-optic tunable filter, the conventional separated laser and broadband light methods were combined. The single laser test measured one accurate point and corrected the large amounts of data obtained from the broadband light method. The final tuning relation was fitted by the corrected data. A simulation and an experiment for several methods were conducted for comparison. The relative error was reduced from 0.2% to 0.05% in the 430785nm range. The equivalent wavelength accuracy improved from 1 to 0.2 nm. This method solved the problems associated with the use of a single laser source with few test data values and a single broadband light source with poor collimation.

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(230.1040) Optical devices : Acousto-optical devices
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy

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Original Manuscript: January 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 18, 2013
Published: April 15, 2013

Huijie Zhao, Chongchong Li, Ying Zhang, and Pengwei Zhou, "Combined laser and broadband light for measuring the tuning relation of an acousto-optic tunable filter," Appl. Opt. 52, 2633-2639 (2013)

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