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Wavelength standards for optical communications
Author(s): Sarah L. Gilbert; William C. Swann; Tasshi Dennis
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Paper Abstract

We review wavelength accuracy and calibration issues for wavelength division multiplexed (WDM) optical fiber communication and describe our work on wavelength calibration references. We have developed wavelength references for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) internal calibration and transfer standards to help industry calibrate their instrumentation. The transfer standards are NIST Standard Reference Materials that utilize the absorption lines of acetylene and hydrogen cyanide in the 1500 nm region. Two higher accuracy references for NIST internal use are based on laser stabilization to absorption lines of rubidium (at 1560 nm) and methane (at 1314 nm). We are developing calibration references for the WDM L-band (approximately 1565 - 1625 nm) and are investigating references for the 1300 - 1400 nm region.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 May 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4269, Laser Frequency Stabilization, Standards, Measurement, and Applications, (3 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.424468
Show Author Affiliations
Sarah L. Gilbert, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
William C. Swann, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)
Tasshi Dennis, National Institute of Standards and Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4269:
Laser Frequency Stabilization, Standards, Measurement, and Applications
John L. Hall; Jun Ye, Editor(s)

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