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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 8 — Apr. 9, 2012
  • pp: 8871–8876

Harmonic distortion in microwave photonic filters

Manuel Rius, José Mora, Mario Bolea, and José Capmany  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 8, pp. 8871-8876 (2012)

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We present a theoretical and experimental analysis of nonlinear microwave photonic filters. Far from the conventional condition of low modulation index commonly used to neglect high-order terms, we have analyzed the harmonic distortion involved in microwave photonic structures with periodic and non-periodic frequency responses. We show that it is possible to design microwave photonic filters with reduced harmonic distortion and high linearity even under large signal operation.

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OCIS Codes
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2012
Published: April 2, 2012

Manuel Rius, José Mora, Mario Bolea, and José Capmany, "Harmonic distortion in microwave photonic filters," Opt. Express 20, 8871-8876 (2012)

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