BS EN 61290-3:2008 - Optical amplifiers. Test methods. Noise figure parameters – BSI British Standards

BS EN 61290-3:2008

Optical amplifiers. Test methods. Noise figure parameters

Status : Current   Published : March 2009



BS EN 61290-3:2008 Optical amplifiers. Test methods. Noise figure parameters

BS EN 61290-3 applies to all commercially available optical amplifiers (OAs), including OAs using optically pumped fibres (OFAs based on either rare-earth doped fibres or on the Raman effect), semiconductor optical amplifiers (SOAs) and planar waveguide optical amplifiers (PWOAs).

The object of BS EN 61290-3 is to provide the general background for OA noise figure parameters measurements and to indicate those IEC standard test methods for accurate and reliable measurements of the following OA parameters, as defined in IEC 61291-1:

a) noise figure (NF);
b) noise factor (F);
c) multiple path interference (MPI) figure of merit;
d) signal-spontaneous noise figure;
e) (equivalent) spontaneous-spontaneous optical bandwidth (Bsp-sp);
f) forward amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) power level;
g) reverse ASE power level;
h) ASE bandwidth.

BS EN 61290-3 addresses measurement of OAs that are to be used for amplifying single
channels, that is signals from a single transmitter. Testing of OAs for multichannel use
involves additional considerations, such as: the number, wavelengths and relative power of
the signals, the ability to measure signals simultaneously and to measure the ASE between

Contents of BS EN 61290-3:

  • Introduction
  • Scope and object
  • Normative references
  • Acronyms and abbreviations
  • Noise figure generalities
  • Noise figure contributions
  • Noise figure test methods
  • Bibliography

Standard NumberBS EN 61290-3:2008
TitleOptical amplifiers. Test methods. Noise figure parameters
Publication Date31 March 2009
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)IEC 61290-3-1, EN 61291-1:2006, IEC 61290-3-2, EN 61290-3-2:2008, EN 61290-3-1:2003, IEC 61291-1
Informative References(Provided for Information)IEC 61931:1998, IEC 61290-10
ReplacesBS EN 61290-3:2000, IEC 61290-3:2000
International RelationshipsEN 61290-3:2008,EN 61883-5:2005,IEC 61290-3:2008
Draft Superseded By07/30163800 DC
DescriptorsSignal-to-noise ratio, Optical amplifiers, Noise (spurious signals), Electronic equipment and components, Fibre optics, Reliability, Mathematical calculations, Optical instruments, Amplifiers, Accuracy, Optical fibres, Measurement characteristics
Title in FrenchAmplificateurs optiques. Méthodes d'essais. Paramètres du facteur de bruit
Title in GermanLichtwellenleiter-Verstärker. Prüfverfahren. Rauschzahlparameter
ISBN978 0 580 58630 9
File Size936 KB

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