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Gallium arsenide linearised electro-optic waveguide modulators for RF-on-fibre applications
Author(s): John M. Heaton; Yi Zhou; Harry Gao; Gayle Murdoch; Andrew Miller; Christopher Main; David Hannan; Stephen Clements
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Paper Abstract

For certain applications that involve faithfully transmitting microwave signals around or between military platforms, it is essential to use RF-on-fibre or an RF-photonic link. This is especially true for a broadband RF signal which, when used to modulate a 200 THz optical carrier wave, becomes effectively very narrow band and so does not suffer the effects of dispersion or frequency dependent loss. The main reason why RF-photonics is not more widely used is because it is difficult to achieve the often very severe dynamic range requirements of many military systems. In this paper we describe our approach to making highly linearised electrical-to-optical transducers (electro-optic waveguide modulators) using a slightly modified version of a high-throughput gallium arsenide p-HEMT fabrication process. To make high dynamic range linearised modulators requires the unprecedented precision in fabrication and manufacture that this approach allows. We describe our most recent results on tuneable linearised modulators.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7114, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications II, 71140M (7 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.802211
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John M. Heaton, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Yi Zhou, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Harry Gao, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Gayle Murdoch, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Andrew Miller, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Christopher Main, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
David Hannan, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Stephen Clements, RFMD (UK) Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7114:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications II
Gary W. Kamerman; Ove K. Steinvall; Keith L. Lewis; Thomas J. Merlet; Richard C. Hollins, Editor(s)

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