Abstract

We demonstrate experimentally an optical system for under-sampling several bandwidth-limited signals with carrier frequencies that are not known apriori and can be located anywhere within a very broad frequency region between 0–18GHz. The system is based on under-sampling asynchronously at three different sampling rates. The optical pulses required for the under-sampling are generated by a combination of an electrical comb generator and an electro-absorption optical modulator. To reduce loss and improve performance the implementation of the optical system is based on a wavelength division multiplexing technique. An accurate reconstruction of both the phase and the amplitude was obtained when two chirped signals each with a bandwidth of about 150 MHz were sampled.

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