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NIR-MX 1060nm band intensity modulator

The proven NIR-MX 1060nm band intensity modulator now comes with reduced insertion loss while preserving an unparalleled extinction ratio and high power handling.

Together with the Extinction Ratio (ER), the Insertion Loss (IL) is the highest ranked optical parameter for users when working with Mach-Zehnder Intensity Modulators. In addition, it must be said that the two Y waveguide junctions of the Mach-Zehnder modulator account for the main part of the IL.

The Photline patented low-loss Y junction is now implemented with the NIR-MX intensity modulator. This enables to offer the modulator with a reduced IL (3dB typ.) while retaining the same high extinction ratio (30dB) and 100mW continuous power handling.

NIR-MX series are intensity modulators used to modulate 1030nm, 1053nm, 1064nm laser sources, especially to generate highly contrasted and custom-shaped optical pulses that are then amplified. They are mostly used in short pulse fibre lasers, seeders with intense laser facilities and are widely operated in research laboratories all over the world. Specific space compatible versions have been designed to operate in Laser Communication Terminals for inter-satellite communication.