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High-dynamic-range and high-capacity RF and microwave fiber optic links
Author(s): Frank Weiss
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Paper Abstract

Novel fiber optic transmitter control methodologies, high optical power and low RIN source lasers, high performance photodiodes and DWDM laser capability provide high dynamic range and high capacity transport for a wide range of sensing and communications applications. Measured component and system level test data demonstrates these performance improvements. Higher spur free dynamic range in excess of 110 dB·Hz2/3 over broad range of K-band frequencies is demonstrated, increasing the practical use of fiber as a transport method for high sensitivity applications. Multichannel DWDM operation provides simplified capacity expansion without compromising system performance, allowing arrayed photonic systems to be deployed. System characterization for a wide range of optical wavelengths and RF frequencies is provided to demonstrate these levels of performance in practical applications. Photonic component cost reductions combined with compact packaging further increase the ability of high performance fiber optic transport to address a wider range of applications, as the size, weight and performance barriers are eliminated. This paper provides a summary of the current state of the art of commercially available photonic components for high performance externally modulated analog optical links from a practical perspective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 2013
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8720, Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments IV, 872012 (31 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017655
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Frank Weiss, EMCORE Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8720:
Photonic Applications for Aerospace, Commercial, and Harsh Environments IV
Alex A. Kazemi; Bernard C. Kress; Simon Thibault, Editor(s)

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