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Multistage fiber optic delay line for astronomical interferometry
Author(s): Peiqian Zhao; Jean-Marie Mariotti; Vincent Coude du Foresto; Pierre J. Lena; Guy S. Perrin
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Paper Abstract

In fiber optic Fourier transform spectrometry (FTS), fiber optic double Fourier interferometry (DFI) and, probably, in single-mode fiber-linked telescope array, fiber delay lines are needed to make the system all-fiber optic, which will results in many advantages. Fiber-stretching operation has been demonstrated to be one method in which a piece of fiber is stretched mechanically to generate optical path difference (OPD). Nevertheless, this fiber-stretching operation has two drawbacks. First, it introduces additional polarization and dispersion effects, both of which are stretching state and wavelength dependent. Second, in practive, its maximum delay is limited. In this paper, we describe a new type of fiber delay line in which the fiber-stretching device (we call it OPD generator) is used to generate continuous OPD, and, OPD stores made of optical switch and two segments fibers having different lengths are employed to save and release the OPD that the OPD generator produces. The main advantages of this kind of fiber delay line are: 1) dispersion in the OPD stores may be minimized because the fiber in an OPD store is free of external strain, and polarization effect can be eliminated; 2) fiber-stretching operation will introduce less dispersion and polarization effects; hence 3) large optical delay may be obtained with shorter fiber. At the same time, performance of this kind of delay line is analyzed and the characteristics are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2476, Fiber Optics in Astronomical Applications, (14 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211844
Show Author Affiliations
Peiqian Zhao, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France) and Nanjing Astronomical Instrument Research Ctr. (China)
Jean-Marie Mariotti, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Vincent Coude du Foresto, Max-Planck-Institut fuer Astronomie (Germany)
Pierre J. Lena, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)
Guy S. Perrin, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2476:
Fiber Optics in Astronomical Applications
Samuel Charles Barden, Editor(s)

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