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The Keysight Photonic Application Suite is a collection of advanced and basic software tools for automating optical measurements and analysis, especially for determining wavelength and polarization dependence of fiber optic network components. The PAS Version 3 software adds support for the new N77-C generation of instruments, adopts a new 64-bit implementation and introduces the new Lambda Scan measurement package for enhanced performance and more flexible features.

Key Components:

  • Main Package: analyze results in a powerful viewer, save results in viewable format, installs Photonic Applications Package Manager.
  • IL Engine: measure insertion loss vs. wavelength with a tunable laser and power meters
  • Fast Spectral Loss Engine: calibrate and adjust devices at repetition rates up to 10x faster than the IL engine using N774x power meters
  • IL&PDL Engine: measure IL and PDL vs. wavelength using the N7786B with the advanced single-sweep Mueller method, also for integrated detector devices
  • New LS Engine: enhanced and extended functionality for lambda scans without polarization control or with the new N7786C or N7788C, supporting switching of multiple lasers for extended wavelength range and use of B2900-series SMU for photocurrent detection. New with version 3.1, the LS engine also supports the M9601A modular SMU, which provides a floating electrical input, valuable for chip and wafer-level test, while also supporting the faster sampling speeds and high number of samples that the optical power meters provide. 
  • The measurement engines can be automated in your application with the COM programming interface
  • Polarization Navigator: use N778xB polarization analysis and control instruments
  • Drivers, firmware, documents, N77xx Viewer: keep equipment and guides up to date

License Products:

  • N7700100C Polarization Lambda Scan (PLS) for polarization dependent measurements using the LS or IL/PDL engine
  • N7700101C DWDM Channel Analysis (DWDM) for determining specified component parameters from the spectral measurements
  • N7700102C Fast Lambda Scan (FLS) for wavelength dependent measurements using the FSIL or LS engine
  • N7700103C Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) for measuring DGD, PMD PDL and IL with the N7788C, one or more tunable lasers, and the LS engine

Existing N7700A licenses can be upgraded for the Version 3 software.

The swept-wavelength measurement engines now support the new tunable lasers, power meters and polarization synthesizer: N7776C, N7778C, N7744C, N7745C, N7786C, N7788C as well as the modular lasers 81606A, 81607A, 81608A and 81602A.

With the new N77-C instruments, data transfer is faster, power meter range-switching is faster for extending the dynamic range in the FSIL engine and polarization measurements with the LS Engine require much less time.

With the LS support of the new PXI SMU module M9601A, higher sampling rates and more data points are also available for measuring optical-to-electrical devices with integrated photodiodes, while providing flexible biasing and electrically floating connections. The especially addresses the already increasing use of the PAS solutions for parametric testing of photonic integrated circuits at the chip and wafer stage.

It’s easy to try it out and get started with your own uses. Start by downloading and installing the small setup program for the Package Manager, which will support installation of the desired software packages. You can also request evaluation licenses if needed.

For easy installation on computers or instruments without internet access, please see the FAQ in the Technical Support section.

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