[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 4, No. 1A (1997) 61-64]

Refractive-Index Dispersion Measurement of Bulk Optical Materials Using a Fiber Raman Laser Widely Tunable in the Visible and Near-Infrared

Ilko K. ILEV,* Hiroshi KUMAGAI and Koichi TOYODA

Laser Science Research Group, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN), 2-1, Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama, 351-01 Japan

(Received June 27, 1996; Accepted September 12, 1996)

We propose a simple, highly sensitive fiber-optic autocollimation method for refractive-index dispersion measurement of solid-state and liquid bulk optical materials using a double-pass fiber Raman laser with Littrow-prism-tuned emission. The optical fiber is a key element of the scheme and serves simultaneously as a point laser source for the test, as a highly sensitive point receiver (or spatial filter) of the autocollimation backreflectance signal and as a medium for nonlinear frequency conversion and generation of a broadband continuum spectrum. When the Raman medium is a graded-index multimode fiber with powerful pumping (over 100 kW) using the second harmonic of a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (λp=532 nm), we obtain widely tunable (0.54-1.01 μm) generation in both the visible and near-IR ranges. The results obtained in the refractive-index dispersion measurements are fitted to the Sellmeier dispersion equation and the standard deviation of the experimental data from the analytical curve does not exceed 5×10-5.

Key words : fiber-optic autocollimation method, double-pass fiber Raman laser, refractive-index dispersion