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23 October 1997 Photonic technology for switched rf avionics networks
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The application of photonics technology in switched RF networks is discussed with emphasis on the benefits for avionics applications. System requirements and performance issues are addressed. A 16 X 16 photonic switch module prototype is described and results for RF fiber-optic links passing through the module are presented. RF channel isolation measured was at least 75 dB. A demonstration is described in which a photonic network using the switch module passed signals from a dynamic electromagnetic environment simulator to two radar warning systems under test. Demonstration modes included simulation of both aperture sharing and processor sharing. Finally, a novel alternative switch module architecture is described that is strictly non-blocking and has inherently better channel isolation.
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Michael C. Hamilton, Suwat Thaniyavarn, Gregory L. Abbas, Michael J. LaGasse, Timothy Traynor, and Jack P. Lin "Photonic technology for switched rf avionics networks", Proc. SPIE 3160, Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VIII, (23 October 1997);


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