The Firebird electronic polarization controller (EPC) offers three-section manual control or external analog voltage control. Full state-of-polarization control is achieved using three cascaded variable fiber waveplates. The controller is all-fiber, providing low return loss, insertion loss, and polarization-dependent loss (PDL) advantages.
Phoenix Expands Firebird Range with New Products
New microprocessor-driven fiber polarization controllers bring enhanced flexibility for engineers
Phoenix Photonics, the UK-based optical fiber components specialist, has today unveiled two new products as part of its expanded Firebird instrumentation range.
The microprocessor interface enables the already popular EPC (electronic polarization controller) to be programmed directly from either a desktop or laptop computer through a simple USB interface. It is totally compatible with the existing Firebird control software and additional interface software is also available for engineers who wish to write their own control program.
The polarization control instrument integrates the EPC and the PCI into a single bench-top instrument. Fully compatible with the Firebird control software, USB and RS232 standard communication links and optional GPIB and Ethernet links are also available. Additional functionality is included in the bench-top version.
“The analog controllable EPC has proved very popular with customers and we have developed the new Microprocessor Interface and Windows-based software for programming the polarization transfer function in the fiber in response to their requirements,” said Dr. Ian Giles, CEO of Phoenix Photonics.
“The bench-top instrument brings together both modules into a compact, easy-to-use format, allowing us to introduce additional functionality to widen flexibility. We are particularly pleased, in line with customer expectations, that the technology we use allows us to offer them world-class quality instruments at a highly competitive price,” he added.
About Phoenix Photonics
Phoenix Photonics is a UK based manufacturer and R&D specialist in components and instrumentation for fiber optic technology and applications worldwide. It works primarily in optical fiber test and measurement instrumentation for the telecommunications and sensing industries. Phoenix also supplies university R&D departments and research establishments looking to develop next generation technologies and solutions.
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