Abstract

An integrated microwave photonic (IMWP) reconfigurable mixer, phase shifter, and frequency doubler based on the silicon photonics platform is proposed and theoretically investigated in this paper. The proposed structure consists of a novel dual-drive Mach–Zehnder modulator (DDMZM) placed in parallel with an electro-optic phase modulator (PM). The novel DDMZM is a bias-free modulator that has advantages over conventional MZMs, such as bias-free operation and tunable optical-to-carrier sideband ratio (OCSR). The proposed novel structure can be configured as an IMWP phase tunable mixer or IMWP double-balanced mixer by properly adjusting optical wavelength and choosing the proper radio frequency (RF) hybrid coupler. Besides, the proposed IMWP reconfigurable mixer has the ability to perform up-converting, down-converting, RF frequency doubling, and phase shifting. The proposed structure is theoretically analyzed and is verified by simulations.

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