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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2009
  • pp: 5183–5191

Millimeter-Wave Synthesizer Based on Spectral Filtering of a Phase-Modulated Laser Using a Chirped FBG With Tunable Distributed Phase-Shifts

Youngjae Kim, Alexandre D. Simard, Philippe Chrétien, and Sophie LaRochelle

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 27, Issue 22, pp. 5183-5191 (2009)

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We demonstrate a millimeter-wave (mm-wave) synthesizer based on spectral filtering of the ${\pm}2$ harmonics of a phase-modulated (PM) laser. Optical filters with narrow passband, good extinction ratio and tunable peak wavelengths are obtained by introducing distributed phase-shifts in a chirped fiber Bragg grating (CFBG) using current-controlled heating elements. Detailed modeling and analysis of the filter is performed using the effective index model and coupled-mode theory. We present several optimization criteria to customize the grating design and two experimental configurations are tested. The more flexible approach is based on a fiber Mach–Zehnder structure with a tunable phase-shifted CFBG in each arm. We show generation of mm-wave from 33 GHz to 48GHz, with a maximum frequency limited by the bandwidth of the photodetector.

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Youngjae Kim, Alexandre D. Simard, Philippe Chrétien, and Sophie LaRochelle, "Millimeter-Wave Synthesizer Based on Spectral Filtering of a Phase-Modulated Laser Using a Chirped FBG With Tunable Distributed Phase-Shifts," J. Lightwave Technol. 27, 5183-5191 (2009)

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