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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: 4641–4643

Tunable 360 ° photonic radio frequency phase shifter based on optical quadrature double-sideband modulation and differential detection

Xiaoxiao Xue, Xiaoping Zheng, Hanyi Zhang, and Bingkun Zhou  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 23, pp. 4641-4643 (2011)

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We propose a novel structure of a photonic RF phase shifter based on the vector-sum principle. The optical signal with quadrature double-sideband modulation passes through a dual-output Mach–Zehnder interferometer (MZI), and the two outputs are differentially detected. Two phase-quadrature RF terms are generated, and their amplitudes can be controlled in a triangularly complementary way by changing the phase of the MZI. A full tuning range of 0 ° 360 ° at 14 GHz is demonstrated experimentally accompanied by nearly constant RF amplitude. The validity of using our scheme in all-optical RF phase modulation is also verified.

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OCIS Codes
(350.4010) Other areas of optics : Microwaves
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: September 2, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 25, 2011
Published: November 28, 2011

Xiaoxiao Xue, Xiaoping Zheng, Hanyi Zhang, and Bingkun Zhou, "Tunable 360° photonic radio frequency phase shifter based on optical quadrature double-sideband modulation and differential detection," Opt. Lett. 36, 4641-4643 (2011)

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