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Precise adaptive photonic rf filters realized with adaptive Bragg gratings
Author(s): Michael G. Wickham; Eric L. Upton
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Paper Abstract

The demand for higher data capacity and reduced levels of interference in the communications arena are driving dtat links toward high carrier frequencies and wider modulation bandwidths. Circuitry for performing intermediate frequency processing over these more demanding ranges is needed to provide complex signal processing. We have demonstrated photonics technologies utilizing Bragg Grating Signal Processing (BGSP), which can be used to perform a variety of RF filter functions. The desirable benefits of multiple-tap adaptive finite impulse response (FIR) filters, infinite impulse response (IIR) filters, and equalizers are well known; however, they are usually the province of digital signal processing and demand preprocessor sample rates that require high system power consumption. BGSPs provide these functions with discrete optical taps and digital controls while only requiring bandwidths easily provided by conventional RF circuitry. This is because the actual signal processing of the large information bandwidths is performed in the optical regime, while control functions are performed at RF frequencies compatible with integrated circuit technologies. To realize the performance benefits of photonic processing, the Bragg grating reflectors must be stabilized against environmental without unduly taxing the RF control circuitry. We have implemented a orthogonally coded tap modulation technique which stabilizes the transfer function of the signal processor and enables significant adaptive IF signal processing to be obtained with very low size, weight, and power. Our demonstration of a photonic proof-of-concept architecture is a reconfigurable, multiple-tap FIR filter that is dynamically controlled to implement low-pass, high-pass, band-pass, band-stop, and tunable filters operating over bandwidths of 3 Ghz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4112, Radio Frequency Photonic Devices and Systems, (7 September 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.399383
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Michael G. Wickham, TRW, Inc. (United States)
Eric L. Upton, TRW, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4112:
Radio Frequency Photonic Devices and Systems
Andrew R. Pirich; Anastasios P. Goutzoulis; Paul L. Repak, Editor(s)

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