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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 16 — Aug. 3, 2009
  • pp: 14395–14404

Experimental study of high sensitivity infrared spectrometer with waveguide-based up-conversion detector1

Lijun Ma, Oliver Slattery, and Xiao Tang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 16, pp. 14395-14404 (2009)

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We have developed an up-conversion spectrometer for signals at single photon levels near the infrared region based on a tunable up-conversion detector that uses a periodically poled lithium niobate waveguide as the conversion medium. We also experimentally studied its characteristics including sensitivity, dark count rate, spectral scan speed, signal transfer function of the waveguide, and polarization sensitivity. The overall single photon detection efficiency of the up-conversion spectrometer is about 32%. With its ultra high sensitivity the spectrometer can measure spectra for signals at a level as low as -126 dBm. We have demonstrated the spectrometers high sensitivity by measuring the spectrum of a greatly attenuated multimode emission from a laser diode at the 1310 nm band.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(300.6340) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, infrared

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Original Manuscript: June 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 19, 2009
Published: July 31, 2009

Lijun Ma, Oliver Slattery, and Xiao Tang, "Experimental study of high sensitivity infrared spectrometer with waveguide-based up-conversion detector1," Opt. Express 17, 14395-14404 (2009)

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