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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1421–1429

Acousto-optic superlattice modulation in fiber Bragg gratings

P. St. J. Russell and W.-F. Liu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 1421-1429 (2000)

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The superposition of a long-period grating and a fiber Bragg grating, which we call an optical superlattice, causes high-efficiency narrow-band reflections to be induced on either side of the Bragg wavelength. This effect was recently observed experimentally in a fiber-based acousto-optic superlattice modulator. We develop in detail the theory of optical superlattices in fiber Bragg gratings, treating both the acousto-optic and the fixed-grating cases. Applications include reconfigurable wavelength division multiplexers, fiber lasers and sensors, tunable filters, modulators, and frequency shifters.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(060.4080) Fiber optics and optical communications : Modulation
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices

Original Manuscript: August 27, 1999
Revised Manuscript: February 29, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: February 29, 2000
Published: August 1, 2000

P. St. J. Russell and W.-F. Liu, "Acousto-optic superlattice modulation in fiber Bragg gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 1421-1429 (2000)

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