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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2013
  • pp: 16381–16389

An optically tunable wideband optoelectronic oscillator based on a bandpass microwave photonic filter

Fan Jiang, Jia Haur Wong, Huy Quoc Lam, Junqiang Zhou, Sheel Aditya, Peng Huei Lim, Kenneth Eng Kian Lee, Perry Ping Shum, and Xinliang Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 14, pp. 16381-16389 (2013)

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An optoelectronic oscillator (OEO) with wideband frequency tunability and stable output based on a bandpass microwave photonic filter (MPF) has been proposed and experimentally demonstrated. Realized by cascading a finite impulse response (FIR) filter and an infinite impulse response (IIR) filter together, the tunable bandpass MPF successfully replaces the narrowband electrical bandpass filter in a conventional single-loop OEO and serves as the oscillating frequency selector. The FIR filter is based on a tunable multi-wavelength laser and dispersion compensation fiber (DCF) while the IIR filter is simply based on an optical loop. Utilizing a long length of DCF as the dispersion medium for the FIR filter also provides a long delay line for the OEO feedback cavity and as a result, optical tuning over a wide frequency range can be achieved without sacrificing the quality of the generated signal. By tuning the wavelength spacing of the multi-wavelength laser, the oscillation frequency can be tuned from 6.88 GHz to 12.79 GHz with an average step-size of 0.128 GHz. The maximum frequency drift of the generated 10 GHz signal is observed to be 1.923 kHz over 1 hour and its phase noise reaches the −112 dBc/Hz limit of our measuring equipment at 10 kHz offset frequency.

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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

Original Manuscript: March 7, 2013
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: June 12, 2013
Published: July 2, 2013

Fan Jiang, Jia Haur Wong, Huy Quoc Lam, Junqiang Zhou, Sheel Aditya, Peng Huei Lim, Kenneth Eng Kian Lee, Perry Ping Shum, and Xinliang Zhang, "An optically tunable wideband optoelectronic oscillator based on a bandpass microwave photonic filter," Opt. Express 21, 16381-16389 (2013)

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