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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 21 — Oct. 10, 2011
  • pp: 20103–20114

High-accuracy photoreceiver frequency response measurements at 1.55 µm by use of a heterodyne phase-locked loop

Tasshi Dennis and Paul D. Hale  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 21, pp. 20103-20114 (2011)

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We demonstrate a high-accuracy heterodyne measurement system for characterizing the magnitude of the frequency response of high-speed 1.55 µm photoreceivers from 2 MHz to greater than 50 GHz. At measurement frequencies below 2 GHz, we employ a phase-locked loop with a double-heterodyne detection scheme, which enables precise tuning of the heterodyne beat frequency with an RF synthesizer. At frequencies above 2 GHz the system is operated in free-run mode with thermal tuning of the laser beat frequency. We estimate the measurement uncertainties for the low frequency range and compare the measured high-frequency response of a photoreceiver to a measurement using electro-optic sampling.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(060.2380) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sources and detectors
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(060.2840) Fiber optics and optical communications : Heterodyne

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 27, 2011
Revised Manuscript: September 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: September 15, 2011
Published: September 29, 2011

Tasshi Dennis and Paul D. Hale, "High-accuracy photoreceiver frequency response measurements at 1.55 µm by use of a heterodyne phase-locked loop," Opt. Express 19, 20103-20114 (2011)

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