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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 6749–6755

Silicon-on-insulator narrow-passband filter based on cascaded MZIs incorporating enhanced FSR for downconverting analog photonic links

Hongchen Yu, Minghua Chen, Pengxiao Li, Sigang Yang, Hongwei Chen, and Shizhong Xie  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 6749-6755 (2013)

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A silicon-on-insulator (SOI) narrow-passband filter based on cascaded Mach-Zehnder interferometers (MZIs) is theoretically simulated and experimentally demonstrated, indicating that the free spectral range (FSR) of the proposed filter can be significantly enlarged by increasing the number of the MZI stages. A filter using three-stage cascaded MZIs structure is successfully realized in the experiment and a 3-dB bandwidth of about 1.536 GHz and FSR about 13.5 GHz have been achieved. The performance of a downconverting analog photonic link (APL) employing the designed filter for microwave signal processing is also measured and a spurious free dynamic range (SFDR) as high as 104.1dB-Hz2/3 is observed.

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OCIS Codes
(070.1170) Fourier optics and signal processing : Analog optical signal processing
(230.3120) Optical devices : Integrated optics devices
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 28, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2013
Published: March 11, 2013

Hongchen Yu, Minghua Chen, Pengxiao Li, Sigang Yang, Hongwei Chen, and Shizhong Xie, "Silicon-on-insulator narrow-passband filter based on cascaded MZIs incorporating enhanced FSR for downconverting analog photonic links," Opt. Express 21, 6749-6755 (2013)

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