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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2013
  • pp: 4285–4287

Third-order intermodulation distortion elimination of microwave photonics link based on integrated dual-drive dual-parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator

Jian Li, Yi-Chen Zhang, Song Yu, Tianwei Jiang, Qian Xie, and Wanyi Gu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 21, pp. 4285-4287 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.004285


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Abstract

A method to realize a highly linear microwave photonics link is proposed based on the dual-drive dual-parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator (MZM). The scheme theoretically eliminates third-order intermodulation distortion (IMD3) completely by taking all the sidebands in the optical spectrum that cause IMD3 into consideration. Without digital linearization and other optical processors, the method utilizes simple electrical signal phase control. Microwave signals are symmetrically single sideband modulated in the two MZMs. IMD3 suppression of approximately 30 dB is experimentally demonstrated, and the spurious-free dynamic range is improved by 12dB·Hz2/3.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2360) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics links and subsystems
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics
(130.4110) Integrated optics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 29, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 12, 2013
Published: October 18, 2013

Citation
Jian Li, Yi-Chen Zhang, Song Yu, Tianwei Jiang, Qian Xie, and Wanyi Gu, "Third-order intermodulation distortion elimination of microwave photonics link based on integrated dual-drive dual-parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator," Opt. Lett. 38, 4285-4287 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-21-4285


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