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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 1998
  • pp: 1520–1522

High-resolution zero-dispersion wavelength mapping in single-mode fiber

I. Brener, P. P. Mitra, D. D. Lee, D. J. Thomson, and D. L. Philen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 19, pp. 1520-1522 (1998)

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We present a new noninvasive technique for measuring the spatial variation of the zero-dispersion wavelength (λ0) in single-mode fibers. This technique uses low-power continuous-wave lasers and is simple to implement. When applying this technique to dispersion-shifted fibers, we can resolve subnanometer fluctuations in λ0 with a potential spatial resolution of better than 100 m. We also discuss and show the limits of this and other techniques that arise from polarization-mode dispersion in the fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

I. Brener, P. P. Mitra, D. D. Lee, D. J. Thomson, and D. L. Philen, "High-resolution zero-dispersion wavelength mapping in single-mode fiber," Opt. Lett. 23, 1520-1522 (1998)

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