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5 March 2021 Ultracompact silicon optomechanical cavities as optical upconverters of OFDM wireless signals
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Silicon optomechanical (OM) cavities have been presented as relevant elements in microwave photonics and optical RF processing, particularly in applications requiring low-weight and compactness. In this work, we introduce and demonstrate a new functionality by employing a silicon OM crystal cavity operated in the phonon lasing regime for optical upconversion of a radio-frequency data signal employing orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) modulation. The OM crystal cavity is created on suspended silicon nano-beams with one-dimensional (1D) periodicity with <10μm2 foot-print. The proposed OM crystal cavity operates as an optoelectronic oscillator at the GHz regime, with a low phase noise for the first harmonic at 3.9 GHz in the self-sustained oscillation regime. The OM crystal cavity characterization indicates that the optical resonance is centered at 1541.2±0.3 nm with a loaded optical quality factor Qo ≈ 4×103. Using such cavity we demonstrate successful upconversion of full-standard IEEE 802.16e WiMAX signals employing OFDM with QPSK modulation per-carrier over different bandwidths.
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Laura Mercadé, Maria Morant, Roberto Llorente, and Alejandro Martínez "Ultracompact silicon optomechanical cavities as optical upconverters of OFDM wireless signals", Proc. SPIE 11685, Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications XIV, 116850J (5 March 2021); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2581497
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