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High-performance fiber optic link for ECM antenna remoting
Author(s): Colin Edge; John W. Burgess; Michael J. Wale; Nicholas W. Try
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Paper Abstract

The ability to remotely radiate microwave signals has become an essential feature of modern electronic counter-measures (ECM) systems. The use of fiber optics allows remote microwave links to be constructed which have very low propagation loss and dispersion, are very flexible and light in weight, and have a high degree of immunity from external electromagnetic fields, crosstalk and environmental effects. This combination of desirable characteristics are very beneficial to avionic ECM antenna remoting as well as many other applications. GEC-Marconi have developed high performance fiber components for use in a towed radar decoy. The resulting rugged and compact optical transmitter and receiver modules have been developed and proven to maintain the required performance over the full hostile range of environmental conditions encountered on a fast jet. Packaged fiber optic links have been produced which can achieve a compression dynamic range of greater than 87 dB in 1 MHz bandwidth over a 2 to 18 GHz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3463, Photonics and Radio Frequency II, (3 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330380
Show Author Affiliations
Colin Edge, GEC-Marconi Materials Technology, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
John W. Burgess, GEC-Marconi Materials Technology, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Michael J. Wale, GEC-Marconi Materials Technology, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Nicholas W. Try, GEC-Marconi Avionics (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3463:
Photonics and Radio Frequency II
Gregory J. Zagar; Anastasios P. Goutzoulis; Andrew R. Pirich, Editor(s)

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