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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2012
  • pp: 4483–4485

Tunable and wideband microwave photonic phase shifter based on a single-sideband polarization modulator and a polarizer

Shilong Pan and Yamei Zhang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 21, pp. 4483-4485 (2012)

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A novel microwave photonic phase shifter based on a single-sideband (SSB) polarization modulator (PolM) and a polarizer is proposed and demonstrated. In the SSB-PolM, two SSB intensity-modulated signals with a phase difference of π along two orthogonal polarization directions are generated. With the polarizer to combine the two signals, the phase of the optical microwave signal can be tuned from 180 to 180 deg by simply adjusting the polarization direction of the polarizer, whereas the amplitude keeps unchanged. An experiment is carried out. A full-range tunable phase shift in the frequency range of 11–43 GHz is achieved. The flat power response, power independent operation, and high stability of the proposed microwave photonic phase shifter is also confirmed.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(280.5110) Remote sensing and sensors : Phased-array radar
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: July 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: September 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: September 22, 2012
Published: October 25, 2012

Shilong Pan and Yamei Zhang, "Tunable and wideband microwave photonic phase shifter based on a single-sideband polarization modulator and a polarizer," Opt. Lett. 37, 4483-4485 (2012)

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