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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Mar. 24, 2014
  • pp: 6391–6399

Simultaneous dispersion measurements of multiple fiber modes using virtual reference interferometry

Michael A. Galle, Simarjeet S. Saini, Waleed S. Mohammed, Pierre Sillard, and Li Qian  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 6391-6399 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.006391


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Abstract

We present the simultaneous measurement of first and second order dispersion in short length (< 1 m) few mode fibers (polarization and transverse) using virtual reference interferometry. This technique generates results equivalent to balanced spectral interferometry, without the complexity associated with physical balancing. This is achieved by simulating a virtual reference with a group delay equal to that of the physical interferometer. The amplitude modulation that results from mixing the interferograms, generated in both the unbalanced interferometer and the virtual reference, is equivalent to the first order interference that would be produced by physical balancing. The advantages of the technique include speed, simplicity, convenience and the capability for simultaneous measurement of multiple modes. The theoretical framework is first developed and then verified experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2270) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber characterization
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.3930) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrological instrumentation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: January 16, 2014
Revised Manuscript: February 20, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 21, 2014
Published: March 11, 2014

Citation
Michael A. Galle, Simarjeet S. Saini, Waleed S. Mohammed, Pierre Sillard, and Li Qian, "Simultaneous dispersion measurements of multiple fiber modes using virtual reference interferometry," Opt. Express 22, 6391-6399 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-6-6391


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