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Effective area and nonlinear coefficient measurements of single-mode fibers: recent interlaboratory comparisons
Author(s): Timothy J. Drapela
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Paper Abstract

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently administered two interlaboratory comparisons, coordinated within the Fiber Optics Committees ofthe Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), of measurements on single-mode optical fibers. The first dealt with Effective Area (Aeff) but also included Mode-Field Diameter (MFD) measurements; the second concerned Nonlinear Coefficient (n2/Aeff). The Aeff comparison included five participants. Standard deviations, per fiber, for all participants' measurements, ranged from 0.4 % to 0.7 % for MFD and from 1.3 % to 3.9 % for Ae. The fl2/Aeff comparison included data from six participants. Differences in measurement test sets required different participants to use wide ranges of specimen lengths and input powers. Standard deviations, per fiber, for all participants' measurements of n2/A ranged from 9.6 % to 18.7 %.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 December 2000
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4087, Applications of Photonic Technology 4, (15 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.406413
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Timothy J. Drapela, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4087:
Applications of Photonic Technology 4
Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos, Editor(s)

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