NIST produces two new wavelength calibration standards for the wavelength division multiplexing L-band. (Standard Reference Materials).NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, www.nist.gov) The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration (www.technology. has developed two wavelength calibration transfer standards for the new L-band of wavelength division multiplexed (WDM (1) (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) A technology that uses multiple lasers and transmits several wavelengths of light (lambdas) simultaneously over a single optical fiber. ) optical fiber communication systems. These standards, based on the absorption spectrum of carbon monoxide, are now available as Standard Reference Materials (SRM (1) (Storage Resource Management) The management of the storage resources in an organization in order to avoid duplication of files and to determine space utilization across all servers. ) 2514 and 2515.
Wavelength division multiplexing See WDM.
(communications) wavelength division multiplexing - (WDM) Multiplexing several Optical Carrier n signals on a single optical fibre by using different wavelengths (colours) of laser light to carry different signals. in optical fiber communication systems increases bandwidth by using many wavelength channels. Current WDM systems typically employ 50 GHz or 100 GHz channel spacing (0.4 mm or 0.8 nm, respectively) in the 1530 nm to 1560 nm WDM C-band, but WDM is expanding into the L-band region (approximately 1565 nm to 1625 nm). Wavelength references are needed in these regions to calibrate To adjust or bring into balance. Scanners, CRTs and similar peripherals may require periodic adjustment. Unlike digital devices, the electronic components within these analog devices may change from their original specification. See color calibration and tweak. instruments such as optical spectrum analyzers, tunable lasers, and wavelength meters that are used to characterize WDM system components and measure the channel wavelengths. To complement wavelength calibration references for the WDM C-band (SRM 2517a, acetylene acetylene (əsĕt`əlēn') or ethyne (ĕth`īn), HC≡CH, a colorless gas. It melts at −80.8°C; and boils at −84.0°C;. , and SRM 2519, hydrogen cyanide), NIST has developed SRMs 2514 and 2515. SRM 2514 can be used to calibrate the wavelength scale of measurement equipment in the 1560 nm to 1595 nm region. The unit is a single-mode optical-fiber-coupled absorption cell containing carbon monoxide [[blank].sup.12][C.sup.16]O gas, which has many absorption lines in t his region. NIST has characterized the pressure-induced shifts of these absorption lines and certifies the center wavelengths of 41 lines with uncertainties ranging from 0.4 pm to 0.7 pm. SRM 2515 is nearly identical to SRM 2514, except that it contains the [[blank].sup.13][C.sup.16]O isotopic species of
carbon monoxide. This isotopic species has numerous absorption lines at longer wavelengths, ranging from 1595 nm to 1630 nm. NIST also certifies the center wavelengths of 41 lines for this SRM. Since they are based on the quantized quan·tize
tr.v. quan·tized, quan·tiz·ing, quan·tiz·es Physics
1. To limit the possible values of (a magnitude or quantity) to a discrete set of values by quantum mechanical rules.
2. vibrational and rotational motion of molecules, these SRMs provide wavelength references that are very stable under changing environmental conditions.
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