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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Henry M. Van Driel
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2046–2054

Simple four-wave-mixing-based method for measuring the ratio between the third- and fourth-order dispersion in optical fibers

J. M. Chávez Boggio and H. L. Fragnito  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 24, Issue 9, pp. 2046-2054 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.24.002046


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Abstract

A simple four-wave-mixing (FWM)-based method for measuring the ratio between the third- and the fourth-order dispersion coefficients ( β 3 β 4 ) in optical fibers is reported. The FWM interaction involves a low power laser and a low power amplified spontaneous emission noise source. The method is applied in several dispersion-shifted and non-zero-dispersion-shifted fibers with lengths varying from 0.03 to 25 km , and we have obtained an error of less than 3% in measuring β 3 β 4 . In highly nonlinear fibers the error has presented a strong dependency with longitudinal variations of the zero-dispersion wavelength ( λ 0 ) ; an error less than 20% could be obtained in most of the tested fibers. Our method also allows for a fast estimation of the distribution of fluctuations of λ 0 along the fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: February 16, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 7, 2007
Published: July 17, 2007

Citation
J. M. Chávez Boggio and H. L. Fragnito, "Simple four-wave-mixing-based method for measuring the ratio between the third- and fourth-order dispersion in optical fibers," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2046-2054 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-24-9-2046


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