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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 24 — Nov. 22, 2010
  • pp: 24648–24653

Thermally-efficient reconfigurable narrowband RF-photonic filter

Ning-Ning Feng, Po Dong, Dazeng Feng, Wei Qian, Hong Liang, Daniel C. Lee, Jonathan B. Luff, Anjali Agarwal, Tom Banwell, Ron Menendez, Paul Toliver, Ted K. Woodward, and Mehdi Asghari  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 24, pp. 24648-24653 (2010)

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We present the design and fabrication of thermally-efficient tuning structures integrated into a narrowband reconfigurable radio-frequency (RF)-photonics filter using silicon-on-insulator waveguide optical delay lines. By introducing thermal isolation trenching, we are able to achieve IIR, FIR or arbitrary mixed response with less than 120mW average tuning power in a single RF-photonic unit cell filter.

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OCIS Codes
(070.1170) Fourier optics and signal processing : Analog optical signal processing
(130.0130) Integrated optics : Integrated optics
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 25, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2010
Published: November 10, 2010

Ning-Ning Feng, Po Dong, Dazeng Feng, Wei Qian, Hong Liang, Daniel C. Lee, Jonathan B. Luff, Anjali Agarwal, Tom Banwell, Ron Menendez, Paul Toliver, Ted K. Woodward, and Mehdi Asghari, "Thermally-efficient reconfigurable narrowband RF-photonic filter," Opt. Express 18, 24648-24653 (2010)

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