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Publication Citation: Chirp characterization of external modulators with finite extinction ratio using linear optical sampling

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Author(s): Tasshi Dennis; Paul A. Williams;
Title: Chirp characterization of external modulators with finite extinction ratio using linear optical sampling
Published: May 01, 2010
Abstract: We demonstrate a network monitoring technique for the frequency chirping of external modulators based on linear optical sampling. We present α parameter waveforms of digital data modulation from simultaneously measured amplitude and phase. Digital data modulation was compared to sinusoidal modulation to demonstrate the measurement capabilities. The high sensitivity of our technique was used to resolve the detailed impact of a 23-dB extinction ratio on the chirp of a Mach-Zehnder modulator. Unlike some previous methods, a monochromator or optical fiber with known dispersion are not required.
Citation: IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Volume: 22
Issue: 9
Pages: pp. 646 - 648
Keywords: chirp, coherent detection, linear optical sampling (LOS), optical network monitoring
Research Areas: Electronics & Telecommunications, Optoelectronics
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