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High dynamic range analog optical modulator
Author(s): Paul Howard Young; James H. Bechtel
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Paper Abstract

High dynamic range is achieved in the optical domain with our technique thereby providing multi-gigahertz modulation bandwidth. Early measurements show an improvement exceeding 24 dB in third-order intermodulation distortion over that of a single, unlinearized Mach- Zehnder optical modulator. Using this approach, practical measurements at 500 MHz show a spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of 105 dB Hz2/3, where the noise floor spectral density is -141.3 dBm/Hz measured at the optical link output.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 September 2000
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4112, Radio Frequency Photonic Devices and Systems, (7 September 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.399391
Show Author Affiliations
Paul Howard Young, TACAN Corp. (United States)
James H. Bechtel, TACAN Corp. (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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