This letter describes a novel optical method for wavelength fine-selection in the optical spectrum analysers (OSAs) for dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) applications. The proposed new method employs a 'refractive optical lever' system consisting of a rotating optical wedge prism. A new OSA system based on Littman-type monochromator is proposed and the wavelength selection accuracy and resolution of OSA that has included such an optical lever system have been improved by a factor of 20 to 100 depending on the wedge angle and offset orientation angle of the optical wedge prism. This proposed 'refractive optical lever' may also simplify the rotation mechanism of the mirror in the commercially available OSAs.
© 2005 Chinese Optics Letters
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
Tingdi Liao, Yishen Qiu, and Huizhen Xu, "An optical method for wavelength fine-selection in optical spectrum analysers," Chin. Opt. Lett. 2, 552-554 (2005)