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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 22 — Oct. 27, 2008
  • pp: 17854–17863

Real-time optical spectrum analysis of a light source using a polarimeter

X. Steve Yao, Bo Zhang, Xiaojun Chen, and Alan E. Willner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 22, pp. 17854-17863 (2008)

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Optical spectrum analysis and polarization analysis are not generally related by conventional wisdom. In this paper, we show that the spectrum of a light beam can be obtained using a polarimeter, with a resolution and a speed that cannot be achieved with traditional spectrum analysis methods. We experimentally demonstrate a novel polarimeter-based optical spectrum analyzer (P-OSA) and show that the high-speed and high-resolution nature of the device enables rapid measurement of the spectrum of swept laser sources at a repetition rate of more than 100 kHz. We show the generation of a unique 3-D plot of the spectral shape of a light source as its center wavelength is swept.

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OCIS Codes
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 25, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 6, 2008
Published: October 20, 2008

X. Steve Yao, Bo Zhang, Xiaojun Chen, and Alan E. Willner, "Real-time optical spectrum analysis of a light source using a polarimeter," Opt. Express 16, 17854-17863 (2008)

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