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Dispersion measurements of mode-locked fiber laser components
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Paper Abstract

Precise control of the dispersion within mode-locked laser cavities can lead to optical pulse compression and reduced timing jitter of mode-locked lasers. Two simple measurement techniques are used to provide a complete picture of the dispersion within an erbium doped mode-locked fiber laser cavity. We measured the optical dispersion of erbium-doped fiber, standard single mode fiber, and chirped Bragg gratings. We built a Michelson interferometer with a wideband LED source to measure the dispersion of fiber lengths of less than 1 meter. Next, we measured the dispersion of chirped Bragg gratings using a network analyzer and a tunable laser in a differential phase measurement technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 July 2000
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4042, Enabling Photonic Technologies for Aerospace Applications II, (18 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391899
Show Author Affiliations
James A. Louthain, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Michael J. Hayduk, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Reinhard K. Erdmann, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4042:
Enabling Photonic Technologies for Aerospace Applications II
Edward W. Taylor; Andrew R. Pirich, Editor(s)

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