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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2013
  • pp: 1712–1714

Photonic microwave generation with high-power photodiodes

Tara M. Fortier, Franklyn Quinlan, Archita Hati, Craig Nelson, Jennifer A. Taylor, Yang Fu, Joe Campbell, and Scott A. Diddams  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 1712-1714 (2013)

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We utilized and characterized high-power, high-linearity modified unitraveling carrier (MUTC) photodiodes for low-phase-noise photonic microwave generation based on optical frequency division (OFD). When illuminated with picosecond pulses from a repetition-rate-multiplied gigahertz Ti:sapphire modelocked laser, the photodiodes can achieve a 10 GHz signal power of +14dBm. Using these diodes, we generated a 10 GHz microwave tone with less than 500 attoseconds absolute integrated timing jitter (1 Hz–10 MHz) and a phase noise floor of 177dBc/Hz.We also characterized the electrical response, amplitude-to-phase conversion, saturation, and residual noise of the MUTC photodiodes.

OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(140.4050) Lasers and laser optics : Mode-locked lasers
(140.7090) Lasers and laser optics : Ultrafast lasers

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Original Manuscript: February 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2013
Published: May 14, 2013

Tara M. Fortier, Franklyn Quinlan, Archita Hati, Craig Nelson, Jennifer A. Taylor, Yang Fu, Joe Campbell, and Scott A. Diddams, "Photonic microwave generation with high-power photodiodes," Opt. Lett. 38, 1712-1714 (2013)

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