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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 13296–13301

A reconfigurable optoelectronic oscillator based on cascaded coherence-controllable recirculating delay lines

Xinkai Liu, Wei Pan, Xihua Zou, Bin Luo, Lianshan Yan, and Bing Lu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 13296-13301 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.013296


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Abstract

A novel optoelectronic oscillator (OEO) using cascaded recirculating delay lines (RDLs) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. In the proposed OEO, instead of the use of an electronic microwave ðlter, two infinite impulse response (IIR) photonic microwave ðlters (PMFs) formed by two RDLs are employed to select oscillation frequencies. Specifically, an amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) source is adopted to avoid self-interference of each RDL, and two approximately equal gain RDLs are employed to reduce the influence of mutual interference between the two RDLs. Therefore, a stable microwave signal can be generated from the OEO loop. In the experiment, by tuning the lengths of RDLs, microwave signals at different frequencies, such as 194.1MHz, 648.5MHz and 2.99GHz, have been generated. The phase noise performance of the generated microwave signal is also investigated. The proposed approach has the potential for the generation of microwave signals up to tens of GHz with the use of integrated micro-ring devices.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0250) Optical devices : Optoelectronics
(230.4910) Optical devices : Oscillators
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: April 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 22, 2012
Published: May 29, 2012

Citation
Xinkai Liu, Wei Pan, Xihua Zou, Bin Luo, Lianshan Yan, and Bing Lu, "A reconfigurable optoelectronic oscillator based on cascaded coherence-controllable recirculating delay lines," Opt. Express 20, 13296-13301 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-12-13296


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