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Temperature-stabilized, narrowband tunable fiber-Bragg gratings for matched-filter receiver
Author(s): Jeffrey M. Roth; Joseph W. Kummer; Jeffrey R. Minch; Bryan G. Malinsky; Vincent Scalesse; Frederick G. Walther
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Paper Abstract

We report on a 1550-nm matched filter based on a pair of fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) that is actively stabilized over temperature. The filter is constructed of a cascaded pair of athermally-packaged FBGs. The tandem FBG pair produces an aggregate 3-dB bandwidth of 3.9-GHz that is closely matched to a return-to-zero, 2.880-GHz differential-phase-shift-keyed optical waveform. The FBGs comprising the filter are controlled in wavelength using a custom-designed, pulse-width modulation (PWM) heater controller. The controllers allow tuning of the FBGs over temperature to compensate and cancel out native temperature dependence of the athermal FBG (AFBG) package. Two heaters are bonded to each FBG device, one on each end. One heater is a static offset that biases the FBG wavelength positively. The second heater is a PWM controller that actively moves the FBG wavelength negatively. A temperature sensor measures the FBGs' temperature, and a feed-forward control loop adjusts the PWM signal to hold the wavelength within a desired range. This stabilization technique reduces the device's native temperature dependence from approximately 0.65 pm/°C to 0.06 pm/°C, improving the temperature stability by tenfold, while retaining some control for poten- tial long-term drifts. The technique demonstrates that the FBGs can be held to ±1.5 pm (±188 MHz) of the target wavelength over a 0 to +50°C temperature range. The temperature-stabilized FBGs are integrated into a low-noise, optical pre-amplifier that operates over a wide temperature range for a laser communication system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 March 2017
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 10096, Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX, 100960D (2 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2260667
Show Author Affiliations
Jeffrey M. Roth, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Joseph W. Kummer, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey R. Minch, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Bryan G. Malinsky, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Vincent Scalesse, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)
Frederick G. Walther, MIT Lincoln Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10096:
Free-Space Laser Communication and Atmospheric Propagation XXIX
Hamid Hemmati; Don M. Boroson, Editor(s)

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