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Fiber-Optic Links For Microwave Signal Transmission
Author(s): Hui-Pin Hsu; Michael de La Chapelle; Jon J Gulick
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Paper Abstract

The performance and design of fiber-optic links for analog signal transmission at microwave frequencies are discussed. The effect of impedance matching the fiber-optic transceiver using either lossless or lossy circuit elements is presented. In particular, the following performance parameters are examined: link insertion loss, transceiver input and output VSWR, and link bandwidth. The contributions of RF circuit losses as well as optical losses to the overall RF link insertion loss are described. Commercially available fiber-optic links are shown to be unsuitable for most microwave applications. However, fiber-optic links employing lossless impedance matching to the laser diode and photodiode are shown to minimize the link insertion loss and VSWR in a finite frequency band and are therefore practical for many applications involving microwave signal transmission.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 1987
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0716, High Frequency Optical Communications, (23 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.937446
Show Author Affiliations
Hui-Pin Hsu, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
Michael de La Chapelle, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)
Jon J Gulick, Hughes Aircraft Company (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0716:
High Frequency Optical Communications
O. Glenn Ramer; Paul Sierak, Editor(s)

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