Abstract

We present a method to realize a single-notch microwave photonic filter (MPF) based on interferometry of a single, low-coherence broadband optical source (BOS). Normally, a notch MPF based on low-coherence interferometry requires independent control of two optical sources located in different wavebands. In this work, we use a single BOS to accurately perform destructive interference between a bandpass and an all-pass MPF. A frequency and bandwidth freely tunable single-notch MPF can thus be realized. The proposed method is theoretically analyzed and experimentally demonstrated. A notch depth of more than 30 dB and a continuously tunable frequency range from 2 to 18 GHz was demonstrated in the proof-of-concept experiment.

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