18 July 2000 Dispersion measurements of mode-locked fiber laser components
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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.
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James A. Louthain, James A. Louthain, Michael J. Hayduk, Michael J. Hayduk, Reinhard K. Erdmann, Reinhard K. Erdmann, } "Dispersion measurements of mode-locked fiber laser components", Proc. SPIE 4042, Enabling Photonic Technologies for Aerospace Applications II, (18 July 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.391899; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.391899

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