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Optical Engineering

Optical waveform measurement with electroabsorption modulator as sampling component
Author(s): Hongming Zhang; Minyu Yao; Can Peng; Yizhi Gao
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Paper Abstract

A novel optical sampling scheme using an electroabsorption (EA) modulator as the sampling component is presented that will greatly reduce the complexity of presented schemes. The 10-GHz optical analog signal's waveform is measured, with a 100 MHz waveform observed on an oscilloscope. The relationship between the EA sampling width and sampling bandwidth is analyzed using a two-step model, which is presented for the first time. Calculation indicates that the Gaussian-shaped filter can perfectly simulate the effect of the EA sampling width. Detailed analysis also reveals that the optical sampling with an EA modulator is a promising scheme for measuring waveform signals in future optical networks.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 2004
PDF: 4 pages
Opt. Eng. 43(2) doi: 10.1117/1.1637361
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 43, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Hongming Zhang, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Minyu Yao, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Can Peng, Tsinghua Univ. (China)
Yizhi Gao, Tsinghua Univ. (China)


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