AGILENT Technologies has introduced a re-engineered and enhanced version of its photonic all-parameter analyser, an all-in-one solution for the test and validation of critical optical devices such as 10Gb/s and 40Gb/s DWDM components.
The analyser offers a combination of speed and accuracy for all-parameter component test. Dispersion measurement traces can be updated at real-time speed to enable online process control and adjustment.
To allow all-parameter measurements anywhere within a range of 1475nm to 1620nm, the instrument is now available with the Agilent 81600B all-band laser, which offers the widest tuning range.
The 81910A also helps to advance next-generation photonic component designs by providing direct access to the Jones matrix data.
The Agilent 81910A tests all optical component parameters, such as spectral and polarisation dependent loss, group delay and differential group delay.
These performance parameters are a constant concern in the optimisation of high-speed, narrow-spaced DWDM transmission systems.
In contrast to traditional approaches based on electronically modulated signals, the Agilent 81910A employs an all-optical method to deliver all-parameter measurements in transmission and reflection simultaneously.
By connecting to the device under test only once, test uncertainties and device handling time are minimised compared to measurements carried out on separate, single-parameter test sets.
The new software adds a range of analysis algorithms, including the conversion of group delay into chromatic dispersion and differential group delay into polarisation mode dispersion.
A new application-programmable interface (API) allows remote control of the instrument, enabling smooth integration into manufacturing environments and supporting the easy implementation of advanced measurement solutions.