The role of a star coupler is to combine the optical signals entering from its multiple input ports and divide it equally among its output ports. Broadcast Star Couplers.osd show a star coupler with 8 input ports; each port has a transmitter working in different wavelengths.

Optical System - Figure 1 - Broadcast Star Couplers

Figure 1 – Broadcast Star Couplers

The output of the star coupler can be visualized by attaching an OSA at any of the output ports (see Figure 2).

Optical System - Figure 2 - Broadcast Star Couplers OSA

Figure 2 – Broadcast Star Couplers OSA