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Optical Engineering

Multibeam optical transmit/receive beamformer using ternary programmable wavelength-division multiplexing technology
Author(s): Azad Siahmakoun; Sergio C. Granieri; Mark Jaeger; Youzhi Li
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Paper Abstract

An optical beamformer capable of controlling a phased array antenna in receive/transmit mode for multiple simultaneous independent rf beams is proposed. The processor can be programmed to sweep the antenna aperture following an independent angular sequence for each rf beam. A two-beam two-channel version of the beamformer has been experimentally demonstrated. The optical beamformer processes two rf beams and it is based on a ternary array of three delay lines. Measurements are performed for both receive and transmit modes and for rf signals between 0.5 and 1.5 GHz. We present beampattern results showing that two independent beams can be steered simultaneously. In the transmit mode both rf beams are characterized for a broadside target position. In the receive mode the beamformer performance is characterized by detecting two rf beams independently.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 44(10) 105002 doi: 10.1117/1.2061407
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 44, Issue 10
Show Author Affiliations
Azad Siahmakoun, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Sergio C. Granieri, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Mark Jaeger, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)
Youzhi Li, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (United States)

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