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A transfer standard for measuring photoreceiver frequency response

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4 Author(s)
Hale, P.D. ; Optoelectron. Div., Nat. Inst. of Stand. & Technol., Boulder, CO, USA ; Wang, C.M. ; Rin Park ; Wai Yuen Lau

We have developed a photoreceiver frequency response transfer standard which can be used to measure the optical modulation transfer function of a modulated optical source. It combines a photodiode with an RF power sensor or an amplified receiver with an RF power sensor. It is calibrated with an expanded uncertainty of 0.06 dB (coverage factor=2) using a heterodyne technique at 1.319 μm. We present a theory which allows use of the transfer standard with arbitrary source modulation depth. The calibration is transferred to a SDH/SONET test equipment manufacturer giving a final uncertainty well below the 0.3 dB uncertainty specified by ITU-TS (formerly CCITT) recommendation G.957. The transfer standard may have other applications including calibration of CATV test equipment, light-wave component analyzers, and light-wave spectrum analyzers

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Lightwave Technology, Journal of  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 11 )