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Analysis of a coherent optically controlled phased-array antenna system
Author(s): Ligeng Xu; Stephen R. Forrest
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Paper Abstract

We analyze a true-time delay, optically controlled phased array antenna system whereby beam forming is accomplished using a large number of antenna elements that can receive any of several different microwave true-time-delays via use of coherent optical carriers through a single transmission fiber. We calculate the SNR and the signal-to-interchannel interference ratio (SIR) of one channel for various modulation-demodulation schemes. We show that for AM modulation, with a bandwidth of 1 MHz, a transmitter power of -10 dBm and a laser linewidth of 1 MHz, we can obtain a dynamic range (DR) of approximately 46 dB, with a channel separation six times of that of the microwave oscillation frequency. For the FM scheme, DR is approximately equal to 60 dB for a laser linewidth of 1 MHz, a FM modulation index of 2 and a channel spacing of 12fm. It is found that coherent optically controlled phased array antennas provide improved controllability, and can have the SNR and DR that meet the stringent requirements of high resolution microwave antenna systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 June 1994
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 2155, Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas IV, (10 June 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.177405
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Ligeng Xu, Princeton Univ. (United States)
Stephen R. Forrest, Princeton Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2155:
Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas IV
Brian M. Hendrickson, Editor(s)

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