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Photonic technology for switched rf avionics networks
Author(s): Michael C. Hamilton; Suwat Thaniyavarn; Gregory L. Abbas; Michael J. LaGasse; Timothy Traynor; Jack P. Lin
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Paper Abstract

The application of photonics technology in switched RF networks is discussed with emphasis on the benefits for avionics applications. System requirements and performance issues are addressed. A 16 X 16 photonic switch module prototype is described and results for RF fiber-optic links passing through the module are presented. RF channel isolation measured was at least 75 dB. A demonstration is described in which a photonic network using the switch module passed signals from a dynamic electromagnetic environment simulator to two radar warning systems under test. Demonstration modes included simulation of both aperture sharing and processor sharing. Finally, a novel alternative switch module architecture is described that is strictly non-blocking and has inherently better channel isolation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 October 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3160, Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VIII, (23 October 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.283947
Show Author Affiliations
Michael C. Hamilton, Boeing Defense & Space Group (United States)
Suwat Thaniyavarn, Boeing Defense & Space Group (United States)
Gregory L. Abbas, Boeing Defense & Space Group (United States)
Michael J. LaGasse, Boeing Defense & Space Group (United States)
Timothy Traynor, Boeing Defense & Space Group (United States)
Jack P. Lin, Uniphase Telecommunications Products (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3160:
Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VIII
Anastasios P. Goutzoulis, Editor(s)

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