Abstract

A scheme to perform ultrahigh-Q and single passband microwave photonic filter (MPF) with tunability is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The single passband of the MPF is implemented by the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) in an optical fiber. The ultrahigh-Q of the MPF is realized due to the ultra-narrow resonant linewidth of the fiber ring resonator, which compresses the bandwidth of the SBS dramatically. A MPF with a single passband and an ultra-narrow 3 dB bandwidth of 825±125  kHz over the wide center frequency tuning range of 2–16 GHz are achieved. The MPF also shows high out-of-band suppression exceeding 25 dB and small amplitude fluctuation of ±1.8  dB within the tuning range. The maximum Q-factor of the MPF is 17778. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest Q single-passband MPF reported to date, with wide tunability, high out-of-band suppression, and a simple structure.

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