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Multitone photonic oscillator
Author(s): Keyvan Sayyah; Daniel Yap
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Paper Abstract

A photonic oscillator that can generate multi-tone oscillations in both the RF and optical domains is demonstrated. The oscillator consists of a simple closed optoelectronic loop comprising a CW laser source, an optical modulator, a photodetector, a low noise electrical amplifier, an electrical bandpass filter and single or multiple optical delay elements. Multi-tone oscillations with independent control of tone spacing and phase noise is demonstrated using two optical fiber delay lines as optical delay elements. The phase noise of the oscillator is systematically measured as a function of its parameters such as the photodetector current, the amplifier gain and oscillation frequency. Phase noise values better than -125 dBc/Hz at 100 kHz offset frequency are measured at various combinations of the above parameters. Multi-tone photonic oscillators using Mach-Zender or electroabsorption modulators are theoretically analyzed and experimentally demonstrated with the relative merits compared.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4490, Multifrequency Electronic/Photonic Devices and Systems for Dual-Use Applications, (27 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.455442
Show Author Affiliations
Keyvan Sayyah, HRL Labs., LLC (United States)
Daniel Yap, HRL Labs., LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4490:
Multifrequency Electronic/Photonic Devices and Systems for Dual-Use Applications
Paul S. Idell; Andrew R. Pirich; Stanley R. Czyzak; Paul L. Repak; Paul S. Idell; Stanley R. Czyzak, Editor(s)

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