The Use of a Fiber Comb Filter Fabricated By a CO2 Laser Irradiation to Improve the Resolution of a Ratiometric Wavelength Measurement System

Pengfei Wang, Dublin Institute of Technology
Yuliya Semenova, Dublin Institute of Technology
Qiang wu, Dublin Institute of Technology
Gerald Farrell, Dublin Institute of Technology

Document Type Article

Journal of Lightwave Technology, vol. 30, no. 8, 1143-1149, 2012


An edge filter-based ratiometric wavelength measurement systemis modeled and analyzed in this paper. The results confirm that the noise of input signal and photodetectors limits the resolution of the wavelength measurement system. The achievable resolution is calculated for a given noise level of the input signal and photodetectors’ resolution. An improved ratiometric wavelength measurement system consisting of two fiber comb filters is presented both theoretically and experimentally, which performs coarse and fine wavelength measurements simultaneously. The resolution of the system is significantly improved to better than 5 pm while maintaining the potential for high measurement speed and wide measurable wavelength range.