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Wavelength references for 1300-nm wavelength division multiplexing



Tasshi Dennis, E. A. Curtis, C. W. Oates, Leo W. Hollberg, Sarah L. Gilbert


We have conducted a study of potential wavelength calibration references for use as both moderate-accuracy transfer standards and high-accuracy National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) internal references in the 1280-1320 nm wavelength-division-multiplexing region. We found that most atomic and molecular absorption lines in this region are not ideal for use as wavelength references owing to factors such as weak absorption, complex spectra, or special requirements (for example, frequency-doubling or excitation with an additional light or discharge source). We have demonstrated one of the simpler schemes consisting of a tunable diode laser stabilized to a Doppler-broadened methane absorption line. By conducting a beat-note comparison of this reference to a calcium-based optical frequency standard, we measured the methane line center with an expanded uncertainty of (2τ) 12.3 MHz. This methane-stabilized laser now serves as a NIST internal reference.
Journal of Lightwave Technology


standard reference materials, wavelength division multiplexing, wavelength references, WDM, atomic and molecular spectra, diode laser spectroscopy, methane spectroscopy, optical communications


Dennis, T. , Curtis, E. , Oates, C. , Hollberg, L. and Gilbert, S. (2002), Wavelength references for 1300-nm wavelength division multiplexing, Journal of Lightwave Technology, [online], (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created May 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017