We present an analytical expression for the transfer function of an optically-filtered radio frequency photonic link using phase modulation and coherent detection. This solution is applicable to quadrature passband signals and is significant for evaluating the distortion and consequently improving the linearity of such electrical-optical-electrical links. We show that the nonlinearity appears as an envelope distortion and discuss linearization techniques along with experimental validation.
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