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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2013
  • pp: 928–933

Performance analysis of optical vector analyzer based on optical single-sideband modulation

Min Xue, Yongjiu Zhao, Xiaowen Gu, and Shilong Pan  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 4, pp. 928-933 (2013)

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Optical vector network analyzers (OVNAs) based on optical single-sideband (OSSB) modulation are of great interest thanks to the potentially high measurement resolution. However, the measurement accuracy of the OSSB-based OVNA is limited by the high-order sidebands in the OSSB signal. To study the influence of the high-order optical sidebands in OSSB signals on the measurement accuracy, an analytical model is established to present the expression of the measurement error and a numerical simulation is performed. For the OSSB-based OVNA implemented by a 90-deg electrical hybrid coupler and a dual-drive modulator, when the 1st order sideband is fully suppressed by the OSSB modulation, the existence of the +2nd-order sideband severely degrades the resolution of the measurement, while the 3rd and 2nd order sidebands place a restriction on the dynamic range of the measurement. In addition, these sidebands also introduce evident measurement errors to the phase response. The study may provide a good guidance in designing the high performance OVNA.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2300) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber measurements
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 9, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 4, 2013
Published: March 14, 2013

Min Xue, Yongjiu Zhao, Xiaowen Gu, and Shilong Pan, "Performance analysis of optical vector analyzer based on optical single-sideband modulation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 928-933 (2013)

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