Fiber Bragg Grating

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Fiber Bragg Grating



In the first lesson, you will learn how to design a Fiber Bragg Grating with chirp and
apodization. Such a grating finds application in fiber dispersion compensation.


The first thing you will do is to open a new project. Then, you will choose one of the
five available modules to work with: Single Fiber, Fiber Coupler, Single Waveguide,
Waveguide Coupler, and Other Waveguide.



To select the Single Fiber Module


1File > New.
2In the New dialog box, click the Single Fiber option.Optical Grating - Single Fiber optionNote: You can also open a new project by clicking the New button on the Toolbar.



Next, you will define certain parameters for the Single Fiber. You will do that in the Single Fiber dialog box in which you can set the following characteristics: Index Profile, Photosensitivity Profile, Number Of Points In Mesh, Central Wavelength, etc.



To open the Single Fiber dialog box

1In the Project Window, click the Fiber/Waveguide Parameters button.Optical Grating - Fiber_Waveguide Parameters button

The Single Fiber dialog box appears on the screen.



Optical Grating - Single Fiber dialog box




Note: Since you are going to use the default parameters, you don’t have to
change any of the predefined options.



2Click OK to close the Single Fiber dialog box.



In this step, you will access a list of the calculated modes of your Fiber/Waveguide structure. The fiber you use is a single mode fiber.To see a list of the calculated modes
1From the Parameters Menu, click Mode.
2Make sure that the Input Amplitude is set to 1 and the Phase is set to 0.
3Click the OK button.


Optical Grating - Single Fibers Mode




Note: If you have chosen to work with the Single Fiber module or the Single
Waveguide module, you will see that there is only one list of modes in the Modes
dialog box. If you are working with other modules, you will see that there are two
lists available in the dialog box.


In this step, you will learn how to open the Grating Manager dialog box and how to access the Grating Definition dialog box in which you can define the parameters of each grating. The Grating Manager gives you a list of your grating objects (and some important information about those objects) and allows you to add, remove, or copy gratings or phase shifts.


To open the Grating manager dialog box


Optical Grating - Grating Button
1From the Parameters Menu, click on the Grating…
2In the Grating Manager dialog box, double-click the Grating 1 object to open the Grating Definition dialog box.Note: To open the Grating Definition dialog box, you can also click the Edit Item button.



In this step, you will define the parameters of the grating you’re working with in the Grating Definition dialog box.



To define the grating’s parameters



Optical Grating - Grating Definition dialog box

1In the Grating Definition dialog box, from the Grating Shape list box, choose
2From the Average Index dialog box, choose Uniform.
3In the Index Change box, make sure the index is set to 0.
4From the Period Chirp list box, choose Linear.
5In the Total Chirp box, type 2.
6From the Apodization list box, choose User Defined.
7In the Ind. Mod. box, type 0.0006.
8In the Number of Segments box, type 101.Note: You will notice that for some of the parameters you can use either the
predefined functions or the User Defined options. Notice that when you choose the User Defined option form the Apodization list box, the Define button is enabled.
  •  The grating will be defined by the number of segments entered in the Number Of Segments box. All segments will be treated as a single uniform grating. Better precision is available by increasing the number of the segments. However, calculation time increases with the number of segments.
  • All grating parameters are fully described in the Technical Background section.




In this step, you will learn how to program functions in the User Defined dialog box.
The User Defined dialog box allows you to program functions by using Basic syntax
and to test visually the function by pressing the Display button. At the end of this step,
you will have defined all the necessary parameters for the Fiber Bragg grating.



To program and test functions


1In the Grating Definition dialog box, click the enabled Define button (next to the Taper’s Parameters option).Optical Grating - Define button
2In the User Defined Function dialog box, delete everything from the Edit
window (where you have a function already defined by default) and write the following function:
w = 0.7






Optical Grating - User Defined Function dialog box




3Click the Display button to see a new curve with the parameters you have
defined in the Grating Definition dialog box.


Note: When you change the value of “w” and click the Display button, you will see a different curve. You may want to experiment with different values before closing the User Defined Function dialog box.


  • Anything written on a line after the // command is ignored.

4Click the OK button to close the User Defined Function dialog box.5In the Grating Definition dialog box, click the OK button.6In the Grating Manager dialog box, click the OK button to return to the Project Window.



Having defined all the necessary parameters for the Fiber Bragg grating, you will now learn how work in the Multiple View window.In the Project Window, you have access to different Parameter buttons, displayed on the left side of the Project Window. You can choose from several Calculation options, listed in the Calculation list box; you can use the color button, placed on the small Toolbar; and you can use the Display tabs, placed at the bottom of the Graph window.



To see the calculation results


1From the Calculation list box, choose Propagation.
2In the Propag. step edit box, type 500
3Click the Calculate button to see the results.Optical Grating - Results



To use the color buttons


1Click anywhere in the Graph window.
2On the small toolbar, press the Red button to see the Transmitted Power
3Press the Blue button to see the Reflected Power curve.Note: Each color represents a different curve. In the example above, only two color buttons can be enabled because there are only two curves available.
  • On the small toolbar that contains the color buttons, you can click the first gray/white button to hide the Calculated options window and the Parameter buttons.



There are several Display tabs available in the Multiple View window. Each tab represents a different graph. Depending on the Module you are using and the options you have chosen, some of the tabs may be disabled. For example, the 3D Display tab is enabled only when you are performing a Propagation calculation.



To use the Display tabs


1In the Project Window, click in the Graph window.
2Click the 3D Display tab.
3In the Graph window, click the right mouse button to see the pop-up menu.Note: The pop-up menu allows you to use several commands: Crossection
Monitor (to see across sections), Display Properties, and Print Graph.Optical Grating - pop-up menu



In this step, you will learn how to use the different calculation options and how to do simple calculations. For this purpose, you will use the calculation options in the Calculation list box that contains the most often used calculation options.



To Calculate spectral characteristics


1In the Multiple View window, click the Power tab.
2From the Calculation list box, choose Spectrum.
3Select wavelength range from 1.545um to 1.555um, and set the Steps to 500.
4Press the Calculate button to calculate the spectral characteristics.



Optical Grating - IFO Gratings




5Right click on the graph.
6From the list, choose Axis Properties.
7Select the Left Y axis tab, then deselect the Show as dB box.
8Click OK. The graph will change automatically.Optical Grating - GraphNote: Notice that the parameters in the Calculation section change according to the option you have chosen from the Calculation list box.



OptiGrating allows you to measure automatically full width at half maximum. To do so, in this step you will use the FWHM tool.



To use the FWHM tool


1Click once on the display window. Select the Reflection curve by clicking the
red button on the tool bar.
2Right click on the graph.
3From the list, choose Axis Properties.
4Select the Left Y axis tab, then deselect the Show as dB box.
5Click OK.
6Select FWHM from the Tools drop down menu to display the ‘Tools’ dialog



Optical Grating - Tools dialog





7In the Tools dialog box, to calculate the bandwidth at half of the maximum, select the At check box beside bandwidth.
8Enter 0.5 in the box next to the At check box.
9Click Recalculate
10Click the Close button to close the dialog box.Note: In the Tools dialog box, you can calculate not only the bandwidth at half of the maximum: if you enable the At check box, you can enter any desired y-axis absolute position in the box and click the Recalculate button.
  • If the blue line showing bandwidth is not horizontal, you have to calculate more points, i.e. you have to increase the number of steps in the Steps box.
  • You can also close the Tools box, go back to the Project Window, click another color button to display a different graph, and apply the FWHM command to it.



In this step, you will see the Cumulative Phase graph, the Delay graph, and the Dispersion graph.


To see the Cumulative Phase graph


1In the Project Window, type 1.54784 in the From box.
2In the To box, type 1.5522.
3In the Steps box, type 800.Optical Grating - Steps box
4Make sure both the Reflection and Transmission buttons are selected.
5Click the Calculate button.
6In the graph window, click the Phase tab.



Optical Grating - Phase



Note: By default, the Phase is cumulative. To toggle between the Cumulative
Phase and standard phase, double click the left mouse button and from the popup
menu, click Cumulative Phase.



To see the Delay graph


Optical Grating - Delay Graph




In the Multiple view window, click the Delay tab.




To see the Dispersion graph


In the Multiple view window, click the Dispersion tab.



Optical Grating - Dispersion graph



In this step, you will choose the Pulse Response Calculation option, define some of the Pulse Response characteristics, and do a simple calculation.



To define Pulse Response characteristics


1Click in the graph window.
2From the Calculation list box, choose Pulse Response. You will notice that
the Define button is enabled.
3In the Steps box, type 511.
4In the Time Span box, type 200.
5In the Wavelength box, type 1.55.
6Click the Define button.
7In the Pulse Response dialog box, from the Input Pulse list box, choose
8In the Intensity FWHM box, type 10 and click the OK button.
9In the Project Window, click the Calculate button.Note: You do not need to enable the Link check box at this point.


In this step, you will explore some of the graphs for Pulse Response. You can see Input Pulse, Input Spectrum, Grating Spectrum, and Output Pulse.


To view the Output graph


In the Multiple view window, click the Output tab.


Optical Grating - Profile graph


To see the Profile graph


In the Multiple view window, click the Profile tab.



To see the Profile graph


In the Multiple view window, click the Profile tab.



Optical Grating - Profile graph



  • The Profile tab displays your grating characteristics defined in the Grating Manager and the Grating Definitions dialog boxes. You can display all characteristics separately, as a 2D graph, or combined, as a Profile graph.
  • To switch between characteristics, click the right mouse button and from the popup menu choose the desired option.



Optical Grating - popup menu


What do you see on the Profile graph?


Select Apodization


On the y-axis of the Profile graph, you see the grating Refractive Index that is
determined by Apodization:



Optical Grating - Apodization



Select Profile Chirp Period


On the y-axis of the Profile graph, you see the grating period that is determined by the
Grating Period Chirp:



Optical Grating - Profile Chirp Period



Select Average Index


The profile is also determined by the Average Index. Since you have selected Uniform
Average Index, the Profile is positioned to 1.46 as Core Refractive Index:



Optical Grating - Average Index



This ends Lesson 1. You may now proceed to Lesson 2 that uses the grating profile
from Lesson 1. Otherwise, save your work in order to be able to do the next tutorial
lesson later. To save your work, select Save As from the File menu and enter a file
name (for example, Lesson1.ifo).




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