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Tunable RF optical source using harmonic carrier generation
Author(s): Stephen A. Pappert; Chen Kuo Sun; Richard Joseph Orazi
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Paper Abstract

A tunable millimeter wave source is demonstrated using the frequency multiplication properties of a Mach-Zehnder modulator based analog fiber optic link. Extremely low phase noise millimeter wave output signals (minus 86 dBc/Hz at 1 kHz from a 40.96 GHz carrier) have been obtained using harmonic carrier generation by electrically overdriving the Mach-Zehnder modulator. This technique can be useful for high quality signal synthesis to 100 GHz, well beyond the modulation bandwidth of present optical modulators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 April 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3038, High-Speed Semiconductor Lasers for Communication, (10 April 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.271448
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen A. Pappert, Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Ctr. (United States)
Chen Kuo Sun, Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Ctr. (United States)
Richard Joseph Orazi, Naval Command, Control and Ocean Surveillance Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3038:
High-Speed Semiconductor Lasers for Communication
Norman S. Kwong; Radhakrishnan Nagarajan, Editor(s)

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