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High-speed amplified lightwave receiver for time domain measurements
Author(s): Don Faller
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Paper Abstract

The current trend of increasing data rates for fiber optics communications systems has created a demand for high-speed lightwave measurement instrumentation. For time domain measurements, a key element is a lightwave receiver for converting the optical signal to an electrical signal which can then be analyzed by conventional methods. The requirements for a high-speed lightwave receiver include DC-coupling, sufficient bandwidth to accurately reproduce the optical signal, frequency response flatness, sensitivity for measuring low signal levels, and linearity to avoid signal distortion. A receiver has been designed within Hewlett-Packard to meet these requirements for data rates up to 2.5 Gb/s. The receiver design consists of a high-bandwidth InP/InGaAs/InP p-i-n photodiode and a GaAs transimpedance amplifier. The photodiode has a bandwidth of 32 GHz with a responsivity greater than 0.5 A/W. The transimpedance amplifier has a gain of 600 ohms, flat frequency response, and a bandwidth of over 7 GHz. The combination results in a DC-coupled receiver with a bandwidth of over 4 GHz and a conversion gain of 330 V/W. The receiver provides accurate measurement capability for optical transmitters for both SONET and fibre channel communications systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2149, Technologies for Optical Fiber Communications, (2 May 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.175282
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Don Faller, Hewlett-Packard Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2149:
Technologies for Optical Fiber Communications
Gail J. Brown; Susan R. Sloan; Kenneth D. Pedrotti; Didier J. Decoster; Didier J. Decoster; Joanne S. LaCourse; Yoon-Soo Park; Kenneth D. Pedrotti; Susan R. Sloan, Editor(s)

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