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20 June 2019 Reconfigurable microwave photonic frequency upconverter with local oscillator doubling or local oscillator quadrupling
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Abstract
A reconfigurable microwave photonic frequency upconverter with local oscillator (LO) doubling or LO quadrupling is proposed based on two cascaded dual-parallel Mach–Zehnder modulators (DPMZMs) and a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) with a wide bandwidth (0.4 nm). The first DPMZM is used to generate the ±1st-order or ±2nd-order sidebands of the LO signal. The FBG is inserted to separate the positive and negative sidebands. Only the transmitted LO sideband is sent to the second DPMZM, and the carrier-suppressed single-sideband (CS-SSB) modulation of the intermediate frequency (IF) signal is realized by using an electrical 90 deg hybrid coupler. The reflected LO sideband via FBG and the −1st-order IF sideband are combined. Then, the upconverted signal with the frequency of 2ωLO  +  ωIF or 4ωLO  +  ωIF can be generated by a photodetector. The experimental results show that the spur suppression ratios of the upconverter with LO doubling and quadrupling are 21.3 and 11.3 dB, respectively. The proposed approach greatly reduces the frequency requirement of the LO signal. The purity of electrical spectrum is largely improved in both the LO doubling and LO quadrupling upconversion benefiting from the CS-SSB modulation. Furthermore, these two upconversion modes can be easily switched by tuning the DC biases of the first DPMZM.
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Yunxin Wang, Jiahao Xu, Dayong Wang, Tao Zhou, Feng Yang, Dengcai Yang, Xin Zhong, Hongbiao Zhang, and Lu Rong "Reconfigurable microwave photonic frequency upconverter with local oscillator doubling or local oscillator quadrupling," Optical Engineering 58(6), 066111 (20 June 2019). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.58.6.066111
Received: 26 December 2018; Accepted: 29 May 2019; Published: 20 June 2019
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