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Photonic radio frequency synthesizer
Author(s): Ron T. Logan
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Paper Abstract

A photonic radio-frequency synthesizer is proposed in which two or more distributed-feedback laser diodes are injection- locked to different optical modes of an actively-mode-locked external-cavity laser diode. The injection-locked laser outputs are combined to produce a high-stability, low-phase- noise heterodyne optical signal with frequency separation in the 1 GHz through millimeter-wave frequency range that is a multiple of the active mode-locking reference oscillator frequency. Since the phase fluctuations of the individual longitudinal modes of the mode-locked laser are highly correlated, the phase fluctuations of the heterodyne output signal are minimized. This approach yields optical heterodyne signals with widely tunable millimeter-wave frequency separations and low phase noise, without the need for a wideband millimeter-wave electronic reference oscillator and frequency-locking control loop as required in previous heterodyne signal generation schemes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 November 1996
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2844, Photonics and Radio Frequency, (22 November 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.259019
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Ron T. Logan, Uniphase Telecommunications Products (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2844:
Photonics and Radio Frequency
Brian M. Hendrickson, Editor(s)

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