II-VI WaveShaper line expanded for S- and extended L-band operation

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II‐VI has extended its WaveShaper programmable optical processors product line for operation in the optical communications S- and extended L-bands.

Rapid advances in optical communications technologies are reaching the theoretical limits of fibre-optic capacity in the C-band, which is driving interest in extending transmission into the S- and L-bands. The WaveShaper is a range of reconfigurable filter instruments that can be programmed to arbitrary attenuation and phase profiles over the entire S-, C-, and extended L-bands, or from 1468 to 1640nm.

The new WaveShaper test and measurement instruments are available in both single- and 4-port configurations. The 4-port models enable optical multiplexing and demultiplexing as well as power-splitting with programmable spectral profiles. The product line integrates a web server that supports a graphical user interface (GUI) and an applications programming interface (API).

Dr. Sanjai Parthasarathi, chief marketing officer at II-VI explained: ‘The new product variants are available just in time to assist an increasing number of research activities that aim to broaden the optical transmission window from the C-band to the S- and extended L-bands.’