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Can I still calibrate my instrument without the wavelength calibrator option with the 86140 OSA?
The internal wavelength calibrator (option 006) provides an easy and accurate method to calibrate the instrument...

FAQ 2003-01-08

Can I order the internal EELED sources for the portable OSAs of the 86140 family?
It is not possible to add the EELED sources to the portable models of the 86140 family due to their smaller sizes...

FAQ 2003-01-08

What is the limitation of number of points for reading in ASCII format on GPIB, IEEE 488.2?
You can't read all the data of a trace at once. You have to read one interval of a trace...

FAQ 2003-01-08

Can I add or retrofit an 86140A/B optical spectrum analyzer option at a later time?
Yes, we can add or retrofit features at our service facilities. The option numbers...

FAQ 2003-01-08

Do the benchtop and portable optical spectrum analyzers have the same functionality?
All the benchtop and portable units have an internal printer, floppy disk drive and optional wavelength calibrator...

FAQ 2003-01-08

Can my 86140 family OSA display the x-axis in something other than nanometers (nm)?
Yes, this is possible. To do this you must change the default...

FAQ 2003-01-08

Will a performance verification be released for the 8614X when it reaches the end of its lifecycle?
No, we will not release the test system software. The cost of the...

FAQ 2003-01-08

Can I retrofit wavelength calibrator to the OSA after I have received the instrument?
Yes, the wavelength calibrator can be retrofitted at service centers...

FAQ 2003-01-08

What differentiates the benchtop and portable models in the 86140 optical spectrum analyzer family?
There are several models in the 86140 family. If you compare the same model type (for example...

FAQ 2003-01-08

If I upgrade my 8614xB optical spectrum analyzer, can I go back?
It is possible to revert to an earlier firmware revision.

FAQ 2003-01-07

How do I achieve the best 54753A/54754A calibration possible?
Use high quality cables, and precision 50 ohm load and...

FAQ 2003-01-07

Why is air-gapping not recommended for setting optical power levels?
Air gaps are effectively a discontinuity in the optical path.

FAQ 2002-12-02

What is the recommended external printer?
We have tested the HP DeskJet 850C with the OmniBER. This is the printer mentioned in the User's Guide.

FAQ 2002-12-02

How often do I need to calibrate the instrument?
There are two types of calibrations, User Cal and Service Cal...

FAQ 2002-12-02

What is the difference between Infinite Persistence and Color Grade persistence?
Infinite persistence mode displays the sampled data points for an endless period of time. Newly acquired data points are shown at full intensity while previously acquired data points are displayed at half intensity...

FAQ 2002-12-02

What should I use as the trigger source from a pattern generator? Clock output or Trigger output?
Both can be used depending on your application...

FAQ 2002-12-02

When will Eye-line mode be available on the 86100A?
Eye-line mode functionality will be available sometime after the release of the 86130A; the 86100A and 86130A must be used together for this function.

FAQ 2002-12-02

Can I see the trigger source on the display?
No. However, you can use an electrical splitter to split the trigger signal and use one output as the data signal and the other as the trigger signal to view the trigger signal.

FAQ 2002-12-02

What happened to the Q-factor measurement that was available in the 83480A?
It is available in the 86100A. However, it has been renamed the Eye Signal-to-Noise measurement to remove expectations that bit-error rate can be measured from a Q measurement.

FAQ 2002-12-02

Can the new 86100 plug-ins be used in the 83480A or 54750A?
No. None of the new...

FAQ 2002-12-02

If I connect more than one test instrument to the same signal, and then quickly disconnect and reconnect ...
This is not a realistic test of the instruments' ability to measure service disruption time.

FAQ 2002-12-02

What is the "Idle Alarm" in DS2/DS3 ?
The Idle alarm is set when an alternating 1100 pattern is detected when there is a valid frame and ...

FAQ 2002-12-02

Why do I have to provide an external trigger to this scope and not to others?
The 86100A like the 83480A and 54750A is a repetitive sampling scope. These instruments do...

FAQ 2002-12-02

Where is the 2 MHz reference output derived from?
The 2 MHz reference output is derived from whichever timing source is being used to clock the transmit data.

FAQ 2002-12-02

How do I turn off the jitter source after a jitter transfer measurement?
When the jitter transfer measurement completes...

FAQ 2002-12-02

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