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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1451–1453

Idler-free photonic microwave mixer using a broadband optical source and cascaded phase modulators

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

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 9, pp. 1451-1453 (2012)

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A method of all-optical microwave mixing and bandpass filtering is proposed to achieve idler-free RF frequency conversion based on cascaded phase modulation of a broadband optical source. The variable optical carrier time-shift method is employed to selectively generate the desired RF mixing components and highly suppress the other idler frequencies. An experimental system that can perform idler-free fundamental and harmonic RF upconversions is demonstrated, and the conversion efficiency is investigated both theoretically and experimentally.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(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: January 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: March 3, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2012
Published: April 24, 2012

Xiaoxiao Xue, Xiaoping Zheng, Hanyi Zhang, and Bingkun Zhou, "Idler-free photonic microwave mixer using a broadband optical source and cascaded phase modulators," Opt. Lett. 37, 1451-1453 (2012)

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