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Agilent launches new optical polarization solutions

Posted: 24 Aug 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:fiber optic test? polarization analysis? optical solutions?

Agilent Technologies Inc. has expanded its fiber-optic test portfolio with six new polarization analysis and control solutions for R&D and manufacturing of optical components and systems. These Agilent products allow researchers and designers to fully characterize all polarization-related parameters with unmatched speed and accuracy.

The products are based on the industry-proven technology developed by Adaptif Photonics, which Agilent acquired in June 2007. For manufacturers, the new product portfolio offers fast and cost-effective control and test solutions for alignment, adjustment and final test, helping to reduce the cost of test and increase yield and throughput.

Agilent's New polarization products and test solutions include the N7781A, N7782A, N7783A, N7784/5/6A, and N7788A.

The N7781A is a compact high-speed polarization analyzer that provides comprehensive capabilities for analyzing polarization properties of optical signals. This includes representation of the State of Polarization (SOP) on the Poincar? Sphere (Stokes Parameter).

The N7782A polarization extinction ratio (PER) analyzer is designed for high-speed and highly accurate testing of the PER in PM fibers. The real-time measurement capability, in combination with automation interfaces, makes this unit ideally suited for integration in manufacturing systems like pigtailing stations for optical components.

The N7783A thermal cycling unit is fully controlled by the Agilent N7782A PER analyzer and allows accurate and repeatable cycling of the temperature of the fiber under test.

The new family of polarization controllersN7784A, N7785A and N7786Aprovide a stable output SOP even with fluctuations and drifts of the input SOP as occurring, for example, through temperature drift and mechanical settling processes. This makes alignment and adjustment processes faster and more reliable, saving time and cost. With a built-in polarimeter, the Agilent N7786A provides truly high-speed polarization analysis capabilities; more than 500,000 samples can be taken with a sample rate of up to 1MSps.

The N7788A component analyzer's proprietary technology is comparable with the well-known Jones-Matrix-Eigenanalysis (JME) or differential group delay (DGD) of optical devices. Agilent's new single-scan technology provides a complete set of parameters, including DGD/PMD/PDL/2nd order PMD, Power/Loss, TE/TM-Loss, Principal States of Polarization and Jones and Mueller Matrices, in just one test instrument.

The new products are available for order today:

?the Agilent N7781A, starting at $17,000
?the Agilent N7782A, starting at $15,000
?the Agilent N7783A, starting at $3,000
?the Agilent N7784A, starting at $26,000
?the Agilent N7785A, starting at $22,000
?the Agilent N7786A, starting at $28,000
?the Agilent N7788A, starting at $36,000

Agilent is participating at the 7th Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan) and the 15th EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (EDA&T-Taiwan) on August 23-24 at the Taipei International Convention Center.

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