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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Glenn D. Boreman
  • Vol. 44, Iss. 34 — Dec. 1, 2005
  • pp: 7282–7286

Optical vector network analyzer for single-scan measurements of loss, group delay, and polarization mode dispersion

Dawn K. Gifford, Brian J. Soller, Matthew S. Wolfe, and Mark E. Froggatt  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 44, Issue 34, pp. 7282-7286 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.44.007282


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Abstract

We present a method for measuring the complete linear response, including amplitude, phase, and polarization, of a fiber-optic component or assembly that requires only a single scan of a tunable laser source. The method employs polarization-diverse swept-wavelength interferometry to measure the matrix transfer function of a device under test. We outline the theory of operation to establish how the transfer function is obtained. We demonstrate the enhanced accuracy, precision, and dynamic range of the technique through measurements of several components.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: March 21, 2005
Revised Manuscript: June 6, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: June 30, 2005
Published: December 1, 2005

Citation
Dawn K. Gifford, Brian J. Soller, Matthew S. Wolfe, and Mark E. Froggatt, "Optical vector network analyzer for single-scan measurements of loss, group delay, and polarization mode dispersion," Appl. Opt. 44, 7282-7286 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-44-34-7282

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