Abstract

We propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel and simple photonic microwave notch filter that uses a high-birefringent fiber that gives a fixed differential group delay (DGD), together with a DGD element that gives a tunable DGD. This configuration overcomes the problems of optical coherence interference and chromatic dispersion, which may occur in schemes that use fiber delay lines or fiber gratings. Also presented is a theoretical analysis for the performance of the microwave filter that uses the present configuration. The present scheme provides a continuous tuning capability for changing the notch frequency. Measured notch rejection is greater than 40dB. This scheme can operate over a wide wavelength range of the optical carrier. There is good agreement between experiment results and theoretical analysis.

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