Photon Kinetics debuts fiber analysis tools at OFC

FEBRUARY 29, 2008 -- Photon Kinetics has introduced at OFC/NFOEC 2008 the 2440 launch analyzer, as well as two new options for high resolution measurement of fiber skew.

FEBRUARY 29, 2008 -- Photon Kinetics (PK; search for Photon Kinetics), a provider of production and laboratory optical fiber measurement systems, has introduced at OFC/NFOEC 2008 the 2440 launch analyzer, as well as two new options for high resolution measurement of fiber skew.

The industry's first fully automated test instrument for characterizing optical power distribution of multimode fibers, according to the company, the 2440 is targeted for manufacturers or researchers looking for a precise second-generation test system to ensure that pigtailed VCSEL sources, launch cords, or optical loss test sets create launches that are in compliance with industry specifications and test procedures. Its flexible optical platform allows the analyzer to evaulate launch conditions produced by components such as mode scramblers and mode filters.

The 2440 is available in either single-wavelength (850 or 1,300 nm) or dual-wavelength configurations with interchangeable adapters for either connectorized or bare fibers. Launch power distributions are characterized in terms of encircled flux, mode power distribution, and mode transfer function; these results are displayed against established industry templates in both graphical and tabular formats.

The 2800 optical fiber analysis system, PK's phase-shift measurement platform for chromatic dispersion, polarization-mode dispersion, fiber length and cable strain is now available with optional skew capability. The system offers 0.5-psec resolution relative delay measurements with either singlemode fiber, overfilled, or other fixed launch condition at 850 nm, 1,300 nm, or nearly any customer-defined wavelength. The 2800 also supports external optical switching to automate the multifiber skew measurement.

PK also introduced the 2500 optical fiber analysis system, which also features a singlemode fiber launch that can be automatically positioned at any core radius with 0.5-micron precision. This flexibility makes the 2500 suitable for cable R&D. It supports optional fiber handling stages that automatically align input and output fiber ends, enabling complete automation of the ribbon or tube skew measurement process.

Both skew measurement options are available as system upgrades.


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