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16-channel (1- to 16-GHz) microwave spectrum analyzer device based on a phased array of GaAs/AlGaAs electro-optic waveguide delay lines
Author(s): John M. Heaton; Chris D. Watson; Sylvia B. Jones; Michelle M. Bourke; Colin M. Boyne; Gilbert W. Smith; David R. Wight
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a sixteen channel, GaAs/AlGaAs staring spectrum analyzer device based on a phased-array of sixteen electro-optic waveguide delay lines. The device is effectively a high resolution version of the widely reported optical wavelength division multiplexer phased-array devices, using electro-optic waveguides to adjust the optical phases across the array. The device comprises: a 1- to-16 way multimode interference coupler; 16 electro-optic phase controllers; 16 folded waveguide delay lines, from 0 to 1 nanosecond in equal steps; and a waveguide phased array output. By making use of novel waveguide and corner designs we demonstrate the device as a spectrum analyzer, the RF signal to be analyzed was superimposed on an optical carrier using a GaAs/AlGaAs electro-optic waveguide push-pull Mach Zehnder interferometer, and the intensity modulated light was then passed through the phased-array chip. The spectrum of the RF input signal was displayed in the far field of the phased-array as diffraction lines on either side of the main diffraction lines. By biasing the modulator to extinction, the CW carrier could be removed from the far field diffraction pattern so that only the RF spectrum was displayed. In this presentation we describe the device design, fabrication and testing including measurements of the dynamic range and resolution.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 January 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3278, Integrated Optic Devices II, (12 January 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.298207
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Heaton, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Chris D. Watson, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Sylvia B. Jones, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Michelle M. Bourke, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Colin M. Boyne, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
Gilbert W. Smith, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)
David R. Wight, Defence Evaluation and Research Agency Malvern (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3278:
Integrated Optic Devices II
Giancarlo C. Righini; S. Iraj Najafi; Bahram Jalali, Editor(s)

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