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Full C-band responsivity characterization of monolithically integrated optical channel monitors for DWDM transmission systems
Author(s): Eric Desfonds; Ted W. Somerville; Kirill Pimenov; Khanh Nguyen
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Paper Abstract

Characterization of DWDM photonic integrated circuits presents many challenges and trade-offs. High channel numbers significantly increase the required time to screen and qualify devices at different stages within their production. The SurePath Monitor product requires accurate calibration of the absolute responsivity of each of its 43 100GHz-spaced channels, across the C-band (1525 to 1565nm), to meet its power monitoring accuracy specification of ±0.5dB. Further specifications such as input optical power range (0 to -40dBm) require photocurrent measurement capabilities ranging from mA down to sub-nA levels, whilst the high efficiency of the integrated demultiplexer filter requires large electrical dynamic range (>65dB). Characterization stations developed to ensure high throughput and low cost without sacrificing measurement accuracy and repeatability were based upon matrix-based measurement methodologies to ensure this balance is achieved.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 December 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5577, Photonics North 2004: Optical Components and Devices, (20 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567354
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Desfonds, MetroPhotonics Inc. (Canada)
Ted W. Somerville, MetroPhotonics Inc. (Canada)
Kirill Pimenov, MetroPhotonics Inc. (Canada)
Khanh Nguyen, MetroPhotonics Inc. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5577:
Photonics North 2004: Optical Components and Devices
John C. Armitage; Simon Fafard; Roger A. Lessard; George A. Lampropoulos, Editor(s)

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