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A Novel Optical Vector Spectral Analysis Technique Employing a Limited-Bandwidth Detector

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:857121

Received: 23 April 2004

Published: 30 June 2005


A new technique for obtaining frequency-dependent magnitude and phase information across an optical channel is presented using tunable allpass optical filters and a detector with a small bandwidth relative to the full channel width. This technique has application to optical monitoring of intersymbol interference distortions, including chromatic and polarization-mode dispersion effects, and thus can provide vector information for input to the control of adaptive optical filters. A method for generating a test signal spanning the spectrum of a modulated data signal without introducing intersymbol interference is discussed. This technique can also be used to characterize an optical pulse source and does not scale in complexity or cost as the bandwidth of the source increases.

Keywords and phrases

intersymbol interferencechromatic and polarization-mode dispersionoptical channel monitoringoptical channel estimation

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, USA


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