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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 4 — Feb. 24, 2014
  • pp: 3761–3765

An optically controlled phased array antenna based on single sideband polarization modulation

Yamei Zhang, Huan Wu, Dan Zhu, and Shilong Pan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp. 3761-3765 (2014)

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A novel optically controlled phased array antenna consisting a simple optical beamforming network and an N element linear patch antenna array is proposed and demonstrated. The optical beamforming network is realized by N independent phase shifters using a shared optical single sideband (OSSB) polarization modulator together with N polarization controllers (PCs), N polarization beam splitters (PBSs) and N photodetectors (PDs). An experiment is carried out. A 4-element linear patch antenna array operating at 14 GHz and a 1 × 4 optical beamforming network (OBFN) is employed to realize the phased array antenna. The radiation patterns of the phased array antenna at −30°, 0° and 30° are achieved.

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OCIS Codes
(050.5080) Diffraction and gratings : Phase shift
(280.5110) Remote sensing and sensors : Phased-array radar
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 19, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 31, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2014
Published: February 10, 2014

Yamei Zhang, Huan Wu, Dan Zhu, and Shilong Pan, "An optically controlled phased array antenna based on single sideband polarization modulation," Opt. Express 22, 3761-3765 (2014)

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