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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 11 — May. 21, 2012
  • pp: 12631–12639

A time-domain photonic arbitrary waveform generator

Jinxin Liao, He Wen, Xiaoping Zheng, Hanyi Zhang, and Bingkun Zhou  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 11, pp. 12631-12639 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.012631


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Abstract

A time domain photonic arbitrary waveform generator (PAWG) scheme based on multi-wavelength optical differential quadrature phase shift keying modulation in combination with differential detection is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The time domain method shows advantages of large time-bandwidth product, good flexibility, fast waveform refreshing rate, and high waveform quality over the frequency domain method. In contrast with other proposed time domain PAWGs or photonic digital-to-analog converters, our PAWG proposal shows a greater dynamic range and a larger noise margin due to its bipolar output, and possesses good scalabilities both in resolution and sampling rate. Assisted with the integration technology, this PAWG presents a good prospect for broad range practical applications in future.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(070.2025) Fourier optics and signal processing : Discrete optical signal processing
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: March 21, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 7, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 12, 2012
Published: May 18, 2012

Citation
Jinxin Liao, He Wen, Xiaoping Zheng, Hanyi Zhang, and Bingkun Zhou, "A time-domain photonic arbitrary waveform generator," Opt. Express 20, 12631-12639 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-11-12631


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