Effective Area and Nonlinear Coefficient Measurements of Single-Mode Fibers: Recent Interlaboratory Comparisons
Timothy J. Drapela
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently administered two interlaboratory comparisons, coordinated within the Fiber Optics Committees of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), of measurements on single-mode optical fibers. The first dealt with Effective Area (Aeff) but also included Mode-Field Diameter (MFD) measurements; the second concerned Nonlinear Coefficient (n2/Aeff). The Aeff comparison included five participants. Standard deviations, perfiber, for all participants measurements, ranged from 0.4% to 0.7% for MFD and from 1.3% to 3.9% for Aeff. The n2/Aeff Comparison included data from six participants. Differences in measurement test sets required different participants to use wide ranges of specimen lengths and input powers. Standard deviations, per fiber, for all participants' measurements of n2/Aeff, ranged from 9.6% to 18.7%.
Proc., Intl. Conf. on Applications of Photonics Tech. (ICAPT 2000)
Effective Area and Nonlinear Coefficient Measurements of Single-Mode Fibers: Recent Interlaboratory Comparisons, Proc., Intl. Conf. on Applications of Photonics Tech. (ICAPT 2000), Quebec, CA, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=28581
(Accessed December 7, 2023)