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Keywords beginning with B

On this page you find all our articles on keywords beginning with "B". Further below, you find the acronyms.

(See also: list of products for the letter B)

B integral

Babinet–Soleil compensators

balanced photodetection

ball lenses

band gap


Spotlight 2007-10-11: Understanding Fourier spectra

bandwidth–distance product

bandwidth-limited pulses

bat ear controllers → fiber polarization controllers

beam blocks → beam dumps

beam characterization:
Spotlight 2007-06-01: Characterize your pump beam!

beam collimation → collimated beams

beam collimators

beam combining

beam delivery systems

beam diagnostics → beam profilers

beam diameter → beam radius

beam distortions → beam quality

beam divergence

beam dumps

beam expanders

beam focus → beam waist

beam focus:
Spotlight 2009-11-22: The beam focus – not just a demagnified version of your beam

beam homogenizers

beam parameter product

beam pointing fluctuations

beam pointing stability → beam pointing fluctuations

beam profilers

beam propagation:
Tutorial chapter on power propagation vs. field propagation

beam propagation factor → M2 factor

beam quality

beam quality:
Spotlight 2006-07-24: Beam distortions in laser cavities
Spotlight 2007-06-11: Beam quality measurements can easily go wrong
Spotlight 2008-03-04: What is a ''high'' laser beam quality?
Spotlight 2013-11-12: Beam quality limit for multimode fibers
Spotlight 2020-09-30: Beam radius and beam quality of laser pulses

beam quality factor → M2 factor

beam radius

beam radius:
Spotlight 2007-07-11: What is a beam width, beam size, and a beam waist?
Spotlight 2020-09-30: Beam radius and beam quality of laser pulses

beam shapers

beam shapers:
Spotlight 2010-04-08: Creating a top-hat laser beam focus

beam shutters

beam splitters

beam traps → beam dumps

beam viewing cards → laser viewing cards

beam waist

beat length → polarization beat length

beat note

beat note:
Spotlight 2009-07-29: No beat note for orthogonal modes

beat notes:
Spotlight 2008-07-26: Beat signals with zero linewidth

Beer–Lambert law

bend losses

bend losses:
Case study: bend effects in a large mode area fiber

Berek compensators

Berek tunable waveplates → Babinet–Soleil compensators

binoculars → telescopes

Spotlight 2007-02-16: The science of biophotons


Spotlight 2007-05-19: Why strong birefringence in fibers helps
Tutorial chapter on polarization issues in optical fibers

birefringent fibers → polarization-maintaining fibers

birefringent filters → birefringent tuners

birefringent phase matching

birefringent polarizers → polarizers

birefringent tuners

birefringent walk-off → spatial walk-off

bit error rate

black coatings

blackbody radiation → thermal radiation

blazed gratings → diffraction gratings

blue lasers

borosilicate glasses → silicate glasses

bound modes → guided waves

Bragg fibers → photonic bandgap fibers

Bragg grating sensors → fiber-optic sensors

Bragg gratings

Bragg mirrors

Bragg mirrors:
Case study: Bragg mirror

breakdown → laser-induced breakdown

Brewster plates

Brewster windows

Brewster's angle


brightness converters

Brillouin scattering

Brillouin scattering:
Spotlight 2007-06-24: The plague of a narrow emission linewidth
Spotlight 2007-09-01: Stimulated Brillouin scattering: lower peak power, stronger effect?
Spotlight 2010-03-03: Thresholds for nonlinear effects in fiber amplifiers

broad area laser diodes

broadband light sources → superluminescent sources

buildup welding → laser cladding

bulk Bragg gratings → volume Bragg gratings

bulk lasers

bulk lasers versus fiber lasers → fiber lasers versus bulk lasers

bundled fibers → fiber bundles

burst mode lasers

Acronyms beginning with B

BBAR = broadband anti-reflection

BER = bit error rate

BERT = bit error rate tester

BLIIRA = blue-induced infrared absorption → photodarkening

BPP = beam parameter product

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