Keysight / Agilent 8509B Lightwave Polarization Analyzer
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Keysight / Agilent 8509B Lightwave Polarization Analyzer

This Agilent / HP 8509B Lightwave Polarization Analyzer is used and in excellent condition.

Model 8509B:

• Processor: 200 MHz
• Hard Drive: 6GB HDD
• Memory: 64 MB RAM
• Operating Software on Controller: Windows 95 Installed
• Installed Software: Agilent 8509 Lightwave Polarization Analyzer v2.11
• HP 82335 GPIB Card
• Optical interface connectors: PC
• Data Cable: 37-Pin E258652-C
• Hardware Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse

The software listed above is loaded onto the system, and does not include the cd media. This system's hardware & software configuration is preserved, as it was originally used.

This unit comes with the standard Agilent optical interface as shown here. The Agilent 81000xI Series optical interface connectors are sold separately. They can be purchased here.

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Keysight / Agilent 8509B Lightwave Polarization Analyzer

  • Automatic Three-State Polarization Generator
  • Single-Wavelength, 1310 and 1550 nm Fabry-Perot Lasers
  • Four-diode Detection Scheme Covering 1200 nm to 1600 nm
  • Two Automated Polarization-Mode Dispersion (PMD) Measurements
  • Automatic Measurements of Polarization-Dependent Loss in Optical Components


The Agilent 8509B lightwave polarization analyzer offers highspeed, calibrated polarization measurements of both optical signals and components. These capabilities are provided by innovations in hardware, software, and applications of Jones matrix and Stokes vector mathematics.

The Agilent 8509B analyzer facilitates a greater understanding of the polarization properties of lightwave signals and materials in helping to develop higher performance light-wave components and systems, as well as more effective test and manufacturing processes. These developments involve many types of polarization-sensitive devices which are used in communications, sensors, optical computing and material analysis; devices such as single-mode fibers, polarization-maintaining fibers, isolators, optical switches, lasers, beamsplitters, modulators, interferometers, retardation plates and, of course, polarizers and polarization adjusters.

Polarization characteristics affect all lightwave transmissions. The polarization of a lightwave signal is defined by its E-field components. As a signal propagates, interaction with optical components and other lightwave signals (in interferometric applications) modifies the magnitude and phase of the signal's E-field components. Polarization-dependent loss, gain or even signal distortion may occur depending on the application.

Product Family: 8509B, 8509-B, 8509 B

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Wavelength operating range1200 nm to 1600 nm
Input power operating range+10 dBm to –55 dBm
Input average power damage level+16 dBm
Average power measurement linearity±0.06 dB
Average power measurement uncertainty±15%
Return Loss–50 dB
External Source Input Port
Wavelength operating range1200 nm to 1580 nm
Internal path insertion loss8.5 dB
Input power operating range+16 dBm to –49 dBm
Input average power damage level+22 dBm
Return Loss35 dB
Internal Source
Average Optical Power Output - 1310 ±20nmmin: 200 µW, typ: 300 µW, max: 500 uW
Average Optical Power Output - 1550 ±20nmmin: 150 µW, typ: 230 µW, max: 400 uW

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