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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8550–8557

Remoted all optical instantaneous frequency measurement system using nonlinear mixing in highly nonlinear optical fiber

Lam Anh Bui and Arnan Mitchell  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8550-8557 (2013)

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A novel remoted instantaneous frequency measurement system using all optical mixing is demonstrated. This system copies an input intensity modulated optical carrier using four wave mixing, delays this copy and then mixes it with the original signal, to produce an output idler tone. The intensity of this output can be used to determine the RF frequency of the input signal. This system is inherently broadband and can be easily scaled beyond 40 GHz while maintaining a DC output which greatly simplifies receiving electronics. The remoted configuration isolates the sensitive and expensive receiver hardware from the signal sources and importantly allows the system to be added to existing microwave photonic implementations without modification of the transmission module.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 25, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 26, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 12, 2013
Published: April 1, 2013

Lam Anh Bui and Arnan Mitchell, "Remoted all optical instantaneous frequency measurement system using nonlinear mixing in highly nonlinear optical fiber," Opt. Express 21, 8550-8557 (2013)

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