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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4900–4902

Wideband optical vector network analyzer based on optical single-sideband modulation and optical frequency comb

Min Xue, Shilong Pan, Chao He, Ronghui Guo, and Yongjiu Zhao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 22, pp. 4900-4902 (2013)

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A novel approach to increase the measurement range of the optical vector network analyzer (OVNA) based on optical single-sideband (OSSB) modulation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In the proposed system, each comb line in an optical frequency comb (OFC) is selected by an optical filter and used as the optical carrier for the OSSB-based OVNA. The frequency responses of an optical device-under-test (ODUT) are thus measured channel by channel. Because the comb lines in the OFC have fixed frequency spacing, by fitting the responses measured in all channels together, the magnitude and phase responses of the ODUT can be accurately achieved in a large range. A proof-of-concept experiment is performed. A measurement range of 105 GHz and a resolution of 1 MHz is achieved when a five-comb-line OFC with a frequency spacing of 20 GHz is applied to measure the magnitude and phase responses of a fiber Bragg grating.

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OCIS Codes
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6320) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, high-resolution
(300.6370) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, microwave
(300.6380) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, modulation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: August 29, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 17, 2013
Published: November 15, 2013

Min Xue, Shilong Pan, Chao He, Ronghui Guo, and Yongjiu Zhao, "Wideband optical vector network analyzer based on optical single-sideband modulation and optical frequency comb," Opt. Lett. 38, 4900-4902 (2013)

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