Abstract

A portable method of group velocity measurement is proposed based on a self-seeded gain-switched laser. The calculated group velocity in the optical fiber is obtained by measuring the round-trip frequencies of the gain-switched laser diode with different external cavities, and only a 2 m long fiber is needed. The measurement can be accomplished without oscilloscope or optical spectrum analyzer. The error associated with this test is within 0.65%, which is limited by the jitter of the voltage-controlled oscillator. Its spectrum resolution is 0.1 nm.

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