Abstract

For many applications, ranging from commercial, surveillance, or defense, it is essential to analyze the frequency components of a captured microwave signal over a wide bandwidth in real time and with high resolution. Various photonic approaches have been proposed for the processing of wideband microwave signals in order to overcome limitations imposed by conventional electronic frequency measurements. Here, we present the performance analysis and characterization of a parametric channelized receiver with 275 MHz resolution defined by the Fabry–Perot 3 dB bandwidth and 1 GHz step. Our approach relies on the generation of high quality copies of the RF input by self-seeding wavelength multicasting in a two-pump parametric mixer. Periodic filtering using off-the-shelf elements is then performed on the multicast beam. Ease of filtering is thus achieved by relying on frequency nondegeneracy of the newly generated copies. In this paper, instantaneous analysis of the incoming microwave signal is demonstrated by simultaneous monitoring five of the generated parametric copies while transmitting a frequency-hopping pattern. Operating margins in terms of optical and microwave powers are studied using the five-channel data simultaneously collected on a real-time oscilloscope. Dynamic range adjustments through optical power tuning of the input signal seed are demonstrated. Finally, the effects of frequency mapping detuning are observed to determine optimal operating conditions.

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2012 (1)

X. Xie, Y. Dai, Y. Ji, K. Xu, Y. Li, J. Wu, J. Lin, "Broadband photonics radio-frequency channelization based on a 39-GHz optical frequency comb," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett 24, 661-663 (2012).

2011 (3)

C.-S. Brès, S. Zlatanovic, A. O. J. Wiberg, J. Adleman, C. Huynh, B. Jacobs, J. Kvavle, S. Radic, "Parametric photonic channelized RF receiver," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 23, 344-346 (2011).

C.-S. Brès, S. Zlatanovic, A. O. J. Wiberg, S. Radic, "Reconfigurable parametric channelized receiver for instantaneous spectral analysis," Opt. Exp. 19, 3531-3541 (2011).

B. P.-P. Kuo, E. Myslivets, N. Alic, S. Radic, "Wavelength multicasting via frequency comb generation in a bandwidth-enhanced fiber optical parametric mixer," J. Lightw. Technol. 29, 3515-3522 (2011).

2010 (1)

X. Zou, W. Pan, B. Luo, L. Yan, "Photonic approach for multiple frequency component measurement using spectrally sliced incoherent source," Opt. Lett. 35, 438-440 (2010).

2009 (2)

C.-S. Brès, A. O. J. Wiberg, B. P.-P. Kuo, N. Alic, S. Radic, "Wavelength multicasting of 320 Gb/s channel in self-seeded parametric amplifier," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21, 1002-1004 (2009).

E. Myslivets, C. Lundstrom, J. M. Aparicio, S. Moro, A. O. J. Wiberg, C.-S. Brès, N. Alic, P. A. Andrekson, S. Radic, "Spatial equalization of zero dispersion wavelength profiles in nonlinear fibers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett 21, 1807-1809 (2009).

2006 (1)

S. T. Winnall, A. C. Lindsay, M. W. Austin, J. Canning, A. Mitchell, "A microwave channelizer and spectroscope based on an integrated optical Bragg-grating Fabry–Perot and integrated hybrid Fresnel lens system," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 54, 868-892 (2006).

2001 (1)

W. Wang, R. L. Davis, T. J. Jung, R. Lodenkamper, L. J. Lembo, J. C. Brock, M. C. Wu, "Characterization of a coherent optical RF channelizer based on a diffraction grating," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 49, 1996-2001 (2001).

1991 (1)

G. W. Anderson, D. C. Webb, A. E. Spezio, J. N. Lee, "Advanced channelization technology for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications," Proc. IEEE 79, 355-388 (1991).

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett (1)

X. Xie, Y. Dai, Y. Ji, K. Xu, Y. Li, J. Wu, J. Lin, "Broadband photonics radio-frequency channelization based on a 39-GHz optical frequency comb," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett 24, 661-663 (2012).

IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. (2)

W. Wang, R. L. Davis, T. J. Jung, R. Lodenkamper, L. J. Lembo, J. C. Brock, M. C. Wu, "Characterization of a coherent optical RF channelizer based on a diffraction grating," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 49, 1996-2001 (2001).

S. T. Winnall, A. C. Lindsay, M. W. Austin, J. Canning, A. Mitchell, "A microwave channelizer and spectroscope based on an integrated optical Bragg-grating Fabry–Perot and integrated hybrid Fresnel lens system," IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 54, 868-892 (2006).

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett (1)

E. Myslivets, C. Lundstrom, J. M. Aparicio, S. Moro, A. O. J. Wiberg, C.-S. Brès, N. Alic, P. A. Andrekson, S. Radic, "Spatial equalization of zero dispersion wavelength profiles in nonlinear fibers," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett 21, 1807-1809 (2009).

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

C.-S. Brès, A. O. J. Wiberg, B. P.-P. Kuo, N. Alic, S. Radic, "Wavelength multicasting of 320 Gb/s channel in self-seeded parametric amplifier," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 21, 1002-1004 (2009).

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. (1)

C.-S. Brès, S. Zlatanovic, A. O. J. Wiberg, J. Adleman, C. Huynh, B. Jacobs, J. Kvavle, S. Radic, "Parametric photonic channelized RF receiver," IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 23, 344-346 (2011).

J. Lightw. Technol. (1)

B. P.-P. Kuo, E. Myslivets, N. Alic, S. Radic, "Wavelength multicasting via frequency comb generation in a bandwidth-enhanced fiber optical parametric mixer," J. Lightw. Technol. 29, 3515-3522 (2011).

Opt. Lett. (1)

X. Zou, W. Pan, B. Luo, L. Yan, "Photonic approach for multiple frequency component measurement using spectrally sliced incoherent source," Opt. Lett. 35, 438-440 (2010).

Opt. Exp. (1)

C.-S. Brès, S. Zlatanovic, A. O. J. Wiberg, S. Radic, "Reconfigurable parametric channelized receiver for instantaneous spectral analysis," Opt. Exp. 19, 3531-3541 (2011).

Proc. IEEE (1)

G. W. Anderson, D. C. Webb, A. E. Spezio, J. N. Lee, "Advanced channelization technology for RF, microwave and millimeter wave applications," Proc. IEEE 79, 355-388 (1991).

Other (3)

Z. Li, H. Chi, X. Zhang, S. Zheng, X. Jin, J. Yao, "A reconfigurable photonic microwave channelized receiver based on an optical comb," Proc. Asia-Pacific MWP/APMP Int. Top. Meet. Microw. Photon. Conf. (2011) pp. 296-299.

D. B. Hunter, L. G. Edvell, M. A. Englund, "Wideband microwave photonic channelised receiver," Proc. Int. Top. Meet. Microw. Photon. Conf. (2005) pp. 249-251.

F. A. Volkening, Photonic channelized RF receiver employing dense wavelength division multiplexing U.S. Patent 7 245 833B1 (2007).

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