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(Acronyms: see below)

p–i–n photodiodes

PANDA fibers → polarization-maintaining fibers

parabolic index fibers → graded-index fibers

parabolic pulses

parametric amplification

Spotlight 2007-12-11: The idler wave – essential for parametric amplification and oscillation

parametric amplifiers → optical parametric amplifiers

parametric fluorescence

parametric generators → optical parametric generators

parametric nonlinearities

parametric oscillators → optical parametric oscillators

parasitic lasing

paraxial approximation

paraxial approximation → Gaussian beams

passive mode locking

passive Q switching → Q switching

patch cables → fiber patch cables

peak power

percentage of doping → doping concentration

periodic poling

phase coherence → coherence

phase constant → propagation constant

phase matching

Spotlight 2008-03-10: Automatic phase matching

phase-matching bandwidth

phase mismatch → phase matching

phase modulators

phase noise

phase-sensitive amplification → parametric amplification

phase shift method for distance measurements

phase-squeezed light → squeezed states of light

phase synchronization of lasers → synchronization of lasers

phase velocity

phonon-terminated lasers → vibronic lasers


phosphate glasses


photo-induced attenuation → photodarkening

photoacoustic spectroscopy → spectroscopy

photochromic damage → photodarkening

photoconductive sampling

photoconductive switches

photocurrent → photodiodes



Spotlight 2009-11-13: Photodetection: optical and electrical powers


Spotlight 2009-12-13: Johnson-Nyquist noise in photodiode circuits

Spotlight 2006-10-16: Using a current amplifier for optical power measurements and recording with a photodiode

photoinduced losses → photodarkening


photometry → optical metrology


photon number states → nonclassical light

photon statistics → nonclassical light

photonic bandgap fibers

photonic crystal fibers

photonic integrated circuits

photonic metamaterials

photonic power → power over fiber



Spotlight 2008-05-05: Length of a photon

Spotlight 2007-03-23: Explaining the nature of photons to lay persons

Spotlight 2007-02-16: The science of biophotons

photoreceivers → photodetectors

photosensitivity → fiber Bragg gratings


picosecond lasers

picosecond pulse amplifiers → ultrafast amplifiers

planar lightwave circuits → photonic integrated circuits

planar waveguides

plasma deposition methods → fiber fabrication

plastic optical fibers

Pockels cells

Pockels effect

pointing stability → beam pointing fluctuations

polarization beam combining

polarization beat length

polarization controllers → fiber polarization controllers

polarization coupling → polarization beam combining

polarization extinction ratio → polarization of laser emission

polarization gradient cooling → Sisyphus cooling

polarization-maintaining fibers

Spotlight 2007-05-19: Why strong birefringence in fibers helps

polarization mode dispersion

polarization of laser emission

Spotlight 2008-04-28: Different kinds of polarization

polarization-preserving fibers → polarization-maintaining fibers

polarization rotators → Faraday rotators

polarization waves


polarizing beam splitters → polarizers

polarizing cubes → thin-film polarizers

Polaroid filters → polarizers

polycrystalline fibers → mid-infrared fibers

polymer optical fibers → plastic optical fibers

population inversion

power amplification factor → amplification factor

power amplifiers → master oscillator power amplifier

power density

power efficiency → wall-plug efficiency

power monitors → optical power monitors

power over fiber

power scaling of lasers

Spotlight 2007-12-03: New paper on power scaling of lasers

Spotlight 2007-09-07: Power scaling in downward direction

power spectral density

power splitters → beam splitters


Poynting vector walk-off → spatial walk-off

praseodymium-doped fibers → rare-earth-doped fibers

precision fiber cleavers → fiber cleavers

preform → fiber fabrication

prism-based beam expanders → anamorphic prism pairs

prism pairs

prism retroreflectors → prisms


propagation constant

pulse break-up → nonlinear pulse distortion

pulse characterization

pulse compression

pulse duration

pulse energy

pulse front tilt

pulse generation

pulse length → pulse duration

pulse pickers

pulse propagation modeling

pulse repetition rate

pulse shape → Gaussian pulses

pulse-to-pulse jitter → timing jitter

pulse width → pulse duration

pulsed laser deposition

pulsed lasers


pump–probe measurements

pump absorption

Spotlight 2007-08-22: Saturation of pump absorption – an important issue?

pump chambers → laser heads

pump depletion

pump parameter

pump threshold → threshold pump power

Acronyms beginning with P

P-APM = polarization additive-pulse mode lockingnonlinear polarization rotation

PCF = photonic crystal fiber or polymer cladded fiber

PCVD = plasma chemical vapor deposition → fiber fabrication

PECVD = plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition → fiber fabrication

PIC = photonic integrated circuit

PICVD = plasma impulse chemical vapor deposition → fiber fabrication

PL = photoluminescence

PLC = planar lightwave circuit

PLD = pulsed laser deposition

PM fiber = polarization-maintaining fiber

PMD = polarization mode dispersion

PMT = photomultiplier tube

POF = plastic optical fiber

PRF = pulse repetition frequency → pulse repetition rate

PSD = power spectral density

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