We study the effects of laser phase noise on a phase diversity coherent optical frequency domain (C-OFD) technique that has been recently proposed to measure passive devices used in dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems. Theoretical expressions are provided to calculate the laser phase-noise to intensity-noise conversion in this technique under simplified circumstances. Obtained simulation results for a realistic measurement set-up show the validity of the approximate expressions. It is concluded that this effect is one of the limiting source of error for this measurement technique.
© 2005 Optical Society of America
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