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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 6 — Mar. 17, 2008
  • pp: 3807–3817

A technique for accurately calibrating the motion of a phase mask used to inscribe complex fibre Bragg grating structures

J. W. Arkwright and H. Zhou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 6, pp. 3807-3817 (2008)

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A technique is described for calibrating the amplitude of motion of a phase mask typically used for inscribing fibre Bragg grating (FBG) structures. The motion of the phase mask is detected using a simple Michelson interferometer that can be readily mounted onto an FBG writing system. The output of the interferometer provides a direct indication of the phase mask motion as a function of the true periodicity of the phase mask structure and so is ideally suited to inscription of apodised or phase shifted FBG structures. The technique can be automated and can achieve accuracies of ±1 nm in approximately 1 minute.

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OCIS Codes
(050.5080) Diffraction and gratings : Phase shift
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2008
Published: March 7, 2008

J. W. Arkwright and H. Zhou, "A technique for accurately calibrating the motion of a phase mask used to inscribe complex fibre Bragg grating structures," Opt. Express 16, 3807-3817 (2008)

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