9-13 July 2012
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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Essence of re-calibrating optical instruments: Analysis of digital delay line

Presented by Dr. Winston Tumps IREETA on 11 Jul 2012 from 10:55 to 11:15
Type: Oral Presentation
Session: Photonics
Track: Track C - Photonics


In this study a digital delay line (DDL) from Oz Optics was used. The DDL introduces a delay in optical paths between the fast and slow orthogonal polarizations by adjusting the relative travel distance of the two orthogonal modes. The insertion loss of the DDL is 1.5 dB. A Labview programme was used to write and read from the DDL. The DDL was adjusted from 0 to 60 ps and the observed first order polarization mode dispersion (FO-PMD) was measured. With 1018 random values between 0 and 60 ps, written to the DDL to adjust it, the resulting FO-PMD values give a histogram approaching the Maxwellian distibution, although not well populated on the tail. This therefore means the DDL alone can be controlled to generate a distribution approximating the Maxwellian distribution over a large sample size as would be expected theoretically.




Prof. Andrew W. Leitch, Department of Physics, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. andrew.leitch@nmmu.ac.za




Location: IT 4-5

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