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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 26 — Dec. 12, 2011
  • pp: B681–B686

High accuracy microwave frequency measurement based on single-drive dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator

Ying Zhao, Xiaodan Pang, Lei Deng, Xianbin Yu, Xiaoping Zheng, Bingkun Zhou, and Idelfonso Tafur Monroy  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 26, pp. B681-B686 (2011)

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A novel approach for broadband microwave frequency measurement by employing a single-drive dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Based on bias manipulations of the modulator, conventional frequency-to-power mapping technique is developed by performing a two-stage frequency measurement cooperating with digital signal processing. In the experiment, 10GHz measurement range is guaranteed and the average uncertainty of estimated microwave frequency is 5.4MHz, which verifies the measurement accuracy is significantly improved by achieving an unprecedented 10−3 relative error. This high accuracy frequency measurement technique is a promising candidate for high-speed electronic warfare and defense applications.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Access Networks and LAN

Original Manuscript: September 19, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 14, 2011
Published: December 5, 2011

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European Conference on Optical Communication 2011 (2011) Optics Express

Ying Zhao, Xiaodan Pang, Lei Deng, Xianbin Yu, Xiaoping Zheng, Bingkun Zhou, and Idelfonso Tafur Monroy, "High accuracy microwave frequency measurement based on single-drive dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator," Opt. Express 19, B681-B686 (2011)

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