Optical communications technology is rapidly evolving to meet the ever-growing demand for ubiquitous connectivity and higher data rates. As signaling rates increase and modulation schemes become more complex, guaranteeing a high-fidelity optical transmission medium is becoming even more critical.

Additionally, modern networks are relying more on photonic integrated circuits (PICs) based on silicon photonics or other developing technologies, introducing additional variables into the design and deployment of robust high bandwidth optical systems.

Measurement and full characterization of loss along the light path is a fundamental tool in the design and optimization of these components and fiber optic networks.

While different types of reflectometers are available to measure return loss, insertion loss, and event location for different types of optical systems, Optical Backscatter Reflectometry (OBR) is a very high resolution, polarization-diverse implementation of optical reflectometry that dramatically improves sensitivity and resolution.

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Topics include:
• Measuring Return Loss
• Types of Reflectometers
• Optical Backscatter Reflectometry (OBR)
• Common OBR Test Applications