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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 18 — Aug. 29, 2011
  • pp: 17421–17426

Fully tunable 360° microwave photonic phase shifter based on a single semiconductor optical amplifier

Juan Sancho, Juan Lloret, Ivana Gasulla, Salvador Sales, and José Capmany  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 18, pp. 17421-17426 (2011)

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A fully tunable microwave photonic phase shifter involving a single semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is proposed and demonstrated. 360° microwave phase shift has been achieved by tuning the carrier wavelength and the optical input power injected in an SOA while properly profiting from the dispersion feature of a conveniently designed notch filter. It is shown that the optical filter can be advantageously employed to switch between positive and negative microwave phase shifts. Numerical calculations corroborate the experimental results showing an excellent agreement.

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OCIS Codes
(070.1170) Fourier optics and signal processing : Analog optical signal processing
(250.5980) Optoelectronics : Semiconductor optical amplifiers
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

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Original Manuscript: June 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 15, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 17, 2011
Published: August 19, 2011

Juan Sancho, Juan Lloret, Ivana Gasulla, Salvador Sales, and José Capmany, "Fully tunable 360° microwave photonic phase shifter based on a single semiconductor optical amplifier," Opt. Express 19, 17421-17426 (2011)

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