We derive limits on the sensitivity of optical sampling methods for optical performance monitoring, accounting both for the fundamental detection limit and for realistic detector and thermal noise sources during detection. Nonlinear and linear (homodyne) sampling are compared with optoelectronic monitoring techniques.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 5, 2002
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2002
Published: July 11, 2002
Mihaela Dinu and Francesco Quochi, "Amplitude sensitivity limits of optical sampling for optical performance monitoring," J. Opt. Netw. 1, 237-248 (2002)