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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 5 — Mar. 11, 2013
  • pp: 6401–6408

Reconfigurable UWB pulse generator based on pulse shaping in a nonlinear optical loop mirror and differential detection

Tianye Huang, Songnian Fu, Jia Li, Lawrence R Chen, Ming Tang, Perry Shum, and Deming Liu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 5, pp. 6401-6408 (2013)

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A reconfigurable impulse radio ultra-wideband (UWB) pulse generator for various UWB shapes (e.g., monocycle, doublet, and triplet pulses) based on a nonlinear optical loop mirror (NOLM) and differential detection is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The proposed approach can be used with different modulation formats and may be suitable for implementation in future low-cost, high-speed, short-range UWB wireless access applications.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2330) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics communications
(070.4340) Fourier optics and signal processing : Nonlinear optical signal processing

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: January 16, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 27, 2013
Published: March 6, 2013

Tianye Huang, Songnian Fu, Jia Li, Lawrence R Chen, Ming Tang, Perry Shum, and Deming Liu, "Reconfigurable UWB pulse generator based on pulse shaping in a nonlinear optical loop mirror and differential detection," Opt. Express 21, 6401-6408 (2013)

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