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Reference EN 61290-3:2000
Title Optical fibre amplifiers - Basic specification - Part 3: Test methods for noise figure parameters
Project Number 12023
Abstract/Scope Applies to optical fibre amplifiers (OFAs) using active fibres, containing rare-earth dopants, presently commercially available. Provides the general background for OFA noise figure parameters measurements and indicates those IEC standard test methods for accurate and reliable measurements of the following OFA parameters: noise figure, noise factor, multiple path interference (MPI) figure of merit, signal-spontaneous noise figure, (equivalent) spontaneous-spontaneous optical bandwidth, forward amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) power level, reverse ASE power level, ASE bandwidth.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2000-08-29
Current Stage code deadline 2001-03-01
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IEC Technical Body IEC/SC 86C
Reference Document IEC 61290-3:2000 (EQV)
ICS 33.180.30 - Optic amplifiers
Keywords Optical fibre; Amplifier; Test method; Noise figure parameters
Note EN following parallel vote * Superseded by EN 61290-3:2008
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6060 2000-08-29 2001-03-01  
5099 2000-06-01 2000-09-01  
5061 2000-04-12 2000-06-01  
5020 1999-12-24 2000-03-15  
4099 1999-12-20 1999-12-24  
4020 1998-02-27 1998-07-31  
3099 1998-02-24 1998-02-27  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2000-06-01
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2000-08-29
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2000-09-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2001-03-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2003-06-01


Superseded by EN 61290-3:2008
Normative reference (6) IEC/PAS 61290-3-1:2002
EN 61290-3-2:2003
EN 61291-1:1998

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