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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 4 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 633–642

Ultrashort pulse inscription of tailored fiber Bragg gratings with a phase mask and a deformed wavefront [Invited]

Christian Voigtländer, Ria G. Becker, Jens Thomas, Daniel Richter, Anshuman Singh, Andreas Tünnermann, and Stefan Nolte  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 1, Issue 4, pp. 633-642 (2011)

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We report on the inscription of chirped fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) with a phase mask and a deformed wavefront using a femtosecond laser. A qualitative model is developed to predict the behavior of the resulting grating period for a deformed wavefront. In addition the quantitative change of the period was simulated based on a ray optical solution of the diffraction behind the phase mask. For deforming the wavefront experimentally a cylindrical tuning lens was used. Tilting of the lens increased the higher order aberrations like coma and spherical aberration, which leads to chirped FBGs. A chirped FBG with a FWHM bandwidth of 2.5 nm could be realized. The change of the resulting fiber Bragg grating period was measured using a side diffraction setup yielding good agreement with the measured spectra.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(320.7130) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast processes in condensed matter, including semiconductors
(060.3735) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber Bragg gratings

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Artificially Engineered Structures

Original Manuscript: June 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 30, 2011
Published: July 13, 2011

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Christian Voigtländer, Ria G. Becker, Jens Thomas, Daniel Richter, Anshuman Singh, Andreas Tünnermann, and Stefan Nolte, "Ultrashort pulse inscription of tailored fiber Bragg gratings with a phase mask and a deformed wavefront [Invited]," Opt. Mater. Express 1, 633-642 (2011)

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