Broadband gain-spectrum measurement for fiber optical parametric and Raman amplifiers

V. Gordienko, M.F.C. Stephens, N.J. Doran

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We examine the use of a depolarized broadband probe to experimentally measure gain spectra of amplifiers comprising parametric and Raman gain. The suggested technique allows a quick and accurate characterization of gain spectra spanning more than 100 nm. We derive formulas for processing spectral data to address polarization dependent gain and idler generation, and consequently develop a measurement methodology for obtaining reliable results. We demonstrate the viability of this approach by performing an experimental comparison with results obtained using tunable lasers. We expect the technique described here to be useful for fiber optical parametric amplifier development and characterization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1399-1402
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number16
Early online date5 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017

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Funder: EPSRC (EP/M005283/1)


  • broadband amplifiers
  • frequency measurement
  • gain
  • gain measurement
  • optical fiber amplifiers
  • optical parametric amplifiers
  • probes
  • Raman scattering
  • stimulated emission


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