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Wavelength Calibration Standards for the WDM L-Band



William C. Swann, Sarah L. Gilbert


We describe National Institute of Standards and Technology research on wavelength standards for the optical communications L-band. We are developing a pair of transfer standards that can be used to calibrate the wavelength scale and scan linearity of instruments in the 1565 to 1630 nm region. The two transfer standards are based on carbon monoxide absorption cells with absorption spectra in this spectral region. We describe and quantify the process by which we determine the centers of the absorption lines and the mechanisms that limit their accuracy.
Proceedings Title
Tech. Dig., Optical Fibre Measurement Conf. (OFMC)
Conference Dates
September 26-28, 2001
Conference Location
Cambridge, 1, UK


carbon monoxide, spectroscopy, Standard Reference Material, wavelength calibration, wavelength division multiplexing, wavelength reference, wavelength standards, WDM


Swann, W. and Gilbert, S. (2001), Wavelength Calibration Standards for the WDM L-Band, Tech. Dig., Optical Fibre Measurement Conf. (OFMC), Cambridge, 1, UK, [online], (Accessed May 29, 2024)


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Created August 31, 2001, Updated October 12, 2021