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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 25999–26013

Ring resonator-based on-chip modulation transformer for high-performance phase-modulated microwave photonic links

Leimeng Zhuang, Caterina Taddei, Marcel Hoekman, Arne Leinse, René Heideman, Paulus van Dijk, and Chris Roeloffzen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 25999-26013 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.025999


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Abstract

In this paper, we propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel wideband on-chip photonic modulation transformer for phase-modulated microwave photonic links. The proposed device is able to transform phase-modulated optical signals into intensity-modulated versions (or vice versa) with nearly zero conversion of laser phase noise to intensity noise. It is constructed using waveguide-based ring resonators, which features simple architecture, stable operation, and easy reconfigurability. Beyond the stand-alone functionality, the proposed device can also be integrated with other functional building blocks of photonic integrated circuits (PICs) to create on-chip complex microwave photonic signal processors. As an application example, a PIC consisting of two such modulation transformers and a notch filter has been designed and realized in TriPleXTM waveguide technology. The realized device uses a 2 × 2 splitting circuit and 3 ring resonators with a free spectral range of 25 GHz, which are all equipped with continuous tuning elements. The device can perform phase-to-intensity modulation transform and carrier suppression simultaneously, which enables high-performance phase-modulated microwave photonics links (PM-MPLs). Associated with the bias-free and low-complexity advantages of the phase modulators, a single-fiber-span PM-MPL with a RF bandwidth of 12 GHz (3 dB-suppression band 6 to 18 GHz) has been demonstrated comprising the proposed PIC, where the achieved spurious-free dynamic range performance is comparable to that of Class-AB MPLs using low-biased Mach-Zehnder modulators.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(130.3120) Integrated optics : Integrated optics devices
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 10, 2013
Published: October 23, 2013

Citation
Leimeng Zhuang, Caterina Taddei, Marcel Hoekman, Arne Leinse, René Heideman, Paulus van Dijk, and Chris Roeloffzen, "Ring resonator-based on-chip modulation transformer for high-performance phase-modulated microwave photonic links," Opt. Express 21, 25999-26013 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-22-25999


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