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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 24 — Nov. 27, 2006
  • pp: 11608–11615

Versatile chromatic dispersion measurement of a single mode fiber using spectral white light interferometry

J. Y. Lee and D. Y. Kim  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 24, pp. 11608-11615 (2006)

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We present a versatile and accurate chromatic dispersion measurement method for single mode optical fibers over a wide spectral range (200 nm) using a spectral domain white light interferometer. This technique is based on spectral interferometry with a Mach-Zehnder interferometer setup and a broad band light source. It takes less than a second to obtain a spectral interferogram for a few tens of centimeter length fiber sample. We have demonstrated that the relative group velocity, the chromatic dispersion and the dispersion slope of a sample fiber can be obtained very accurately regardless of the zero-dispersion wavelength (ZDW) of a sample after frequency dependent optical phase was directly retrieved from a spectral interferogram. The measured results with our proposed method were compared with those obtained with a conventional time-domain dispersion measurement method. A good agreement between those results indicates that our proposed method can measure the chromatic dispersion of a short length optical fiber with very high accuracy.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 30, 2006
Revised Manuscript: November 15, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: November 16, 2006
Published: November 27, 2006

Ji Yong Lee and Dug Young Kim, "Versatile chromatic dispersion measurement of a single mode fiber using spectral white light interferometry," Opt. Express 14, 11608-11615 (2006)

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