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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2010
  • pp: 432–434

Ultrahigh resolution spectral analysis based on a Brillouin fiber laser

François Mihélic, Denis Bacquet, Jaouad Zemmouri, and Pascal Szriftgiser  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 3, pp. 432-434 (2010)

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We report what we believe to be a novel experimental heterodyne technique for the spectral analysis of continuous optical wave sources. The achieved resolution is as low as the kilohertz level, with a dynamic range in excess of 90 dB. The technique is based on a heterodyne detection between the source under test (SUT) and a Brillouin fiber laser generated by this SUT. Contrary to standard self-heterodyne techniques only a few tens of meters of optical fiber is required without the need of any optical modulators. This spectrometer has been used to characterize a distributed-feedback laser diode and a Brillouin fiber laser.

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OCIS Codes
(070.4790) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spectrum analysis
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(290.5900) Scattering : Scattering, stimulated Brillouin

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: November 24, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 24, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 28, 2009
Published: January 29, 2010

François Mihélic, Denis Bacquet, Jaouad Zemmouri, and Pascal Szriftgiser, "Ultrahigh resolution spectral analysis based on a Brillouin fiber laser," Opt. Lett. 35, 432-434 (2010)

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