OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2004
  • pp: 908–913

Limits in wavelength measurement of optical signals

David J. F. Cooper and Peter W. E. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 908-913 (2004)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (211 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



We determine the maximum accuracy in the wavelength measurement of finite-bandwidth optical signals. The limit is dependent on the spectral and coherence properties of the optical signal and on the available optical power. We also investigate the effect of finite measurement resolution in the wavelength measurement.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.5490) General : Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation

David J. F. Cooper and Peter W. E. Smith, "Limits in wavelength measurement of optical signals," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 21, 908-913 (2004)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. M. Teshima, M. Koga, and K. I. Sato, “Performance of multiwavelength simultaneous monitoring circuit employing an arrayed-waveguide grating,” J. Lightwave Technol. 14, 2277–2285 (1996). [CrossRef]
  2. M. G. Shim, B. Wilson, E. Marple, and M. Wach, “Study of fiber-optic probes for in vivo medical Raman spectroscopy,” Appl. Spectrosc. 53, 619–627 (1999). [CrossRef]
  3. A. D. Kersey, M. Davis, H. J. Patrick, M. LeBlanc, K. P. Koo, C. G. Askins, M. A. Putnam, and J. Frieble, “Fiber grating sensors,” J. Lightwave Technol. 15, 1442–1462 (1997). [CrossRef]
  4. S. M. Melle, K. Liu, and R. M. Measures, “A passive wavelength demodulation system for guided-wave Bragg grating sensors,” IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 4, 516–518 (1992). [CrossRef]
  5. C. G. Atkins, M. A. Putnam, and E. J. Frieble, “Instrumentation for interrogating many-element fiber Bragg grating arrays embedded in fiber/resin composites,” in Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Sensing, Processing, and Instumentation, W. B. Spillman, Jr., ed., Proc. SPIE 2444, 257–266 (1995).
  6. A. D. Kersey, T. A. Berkoff, and W. W. Morey, “Fiber-optic Bragg grating strain sensor with drift-compensated high-resolution interferometric wavelength-shift detection,” Opt. Lett. 18, 72–74 (1993). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. A. D. Kersey, T. A. Berkoff, and W. W. Morey, “Multiplexed fiber Bragg grating strain-sensor system with a fiber Fabry–Perot wavelength filter,” Opt. Lett. 18, 1370–1372 (1993). [CrossRef]
  8. M. A. Davis and A. D. Kersey, “Application of a fiber Fourier transform spectrometer to the detection of wavelength-encoded signals from Bragg grating sensors,” J. Lightwave Technol. 13, 1289–1295 (1995). [CrossRef]
  9. R. Loudon, The Quantum Theory of Light (Oxford U. Press, Oxford, UK, 2000), Chap. 3, pp. 82–124.
  10. N. A. Olsson, “Lightwave systems with optical amplifiers,” J. Lightwave Technol. 7, 1071–1082 (1989). [CrossRef]
  11. S. P. Davis, Diffraction Grating Spectrographs (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, New York, 1970), Chap. 1, pp. 1–12.
  12. D. Zwillinger, CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae (CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fla., 1996), Chap. 7, p. 583.
  13. I. Bennion, J. A. R. Williams, L. Zhang, K. Sugnden, and N. J. Doran, “UV-written in-fiber Bragg gratings,” Opt. Quantum Electron. 28, 93–135 (1996). [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.


Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3
Fig. 4

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited