A compact dual-loop optoelectronic oscillator (OEO) employing a dual-output Mach–Zehnder intensity modulator (DOMZM) and a balanced photodetector (BPD) is theoretically analyzed and experimentally demonstrated. The fundamental idea of the scheme is based on double loops formed by two complementary output ports of DOMZM and two input ports of BPD, which could be naturally combined without any additional optical coupler or polarization beam splitter devices. This simple structure makes it possible to enhance side-mode suppression ratio (SMSR) and reduce phase noise of the OEO. Compared with the traditional dual-loop OEO (SO-OEO) based on single-output Mach–Zehnder modulator (MZM), optical coupler, and BPD, the advantages of our proposed dual-loop OEO (DO-OEO) with DOMZM and BPD are presented. Experimental results show that a 16-GHz single-mode OEO is obtained with measured SMSR of 72 dB and phase noise of −133.2 dBc/Hz at 10-kHz frequency offset.
A microwave photonic link (MPL) with spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) improvement utilizing the nonlinearity of a distributed feedback (DFB) laser is proposed and demonstrated. First, the relationship between the bias current and nonlinearity of a semiconductor DFB laser is experimentally studied. On this basis, the proposed linear optimization of MPL is realized by the combination of the external intensity Mach–Zehnder modulator (MZM) modulation MPL and the direct modulation MPL with the nonlinear operation of the DFB laser. In the external modulation MPL, the MZM is biased at the linear point to achieve the radio frequency (RF) signal transmission. In the direct modulation MPL, the third-order intermodulation (IMD3) components are generated for enhancing the SFDR of the external modulation MPL. When the center frequency of the input RF signal is 5 GHz and the two-tone signal interval is 10 kHz, the experimental results show that IMD3 of the system is effectively suppressed by 29.3 dB and the SFDR is increased by 7.7 dB.