Many areas of optical science require an accurate measurement of optical spectra. Devices based on laser speckle promise compact wavelength measurement, with attometer-level sensitivity demonstrated for single wavelength laser fields. The measurement of multimode spectra using this approach would be attractive, yet this is currently limited to picometer resolution. Here, we present a method to improve the resolution and precision of speckle-based multi-wavelength measurements. We measure multiple wavelengths simultaneously, in a device comprising a single 1-m-long step-index multimode fiber and a fast camera. Independent wavelengths separated by as little as 1 fm are retrieved with 0.2 fm precision using principal component analysis. The method offers a viable way to measure sparse spectra containing multiple individual lines and may find application in the tracking of multiple lasers in fields such as quantum technologies and optical telecommunications.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Apr 1|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Leverhulme Trust (RPG-2017-197); Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/R004854/1, EP/P030017/1).
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics