Abstract

We propose a new and power-efficient impulse radio ultawideband (IR-UWB) pulse design concept. The proposed concept is based on a linear sum of modified doublet pulses. The proposed concept is both simulated and experimentally demonstrated. The experimental demonstration employs a photonic scheme that generates the designed pulse using two main steps, mainly optical shaping and differential detection. The optical shaping is performed using a single electro-optic modulator biased in the nonlinear portion of its transfer function, and the differential detection is performed using a balanced photodetector. The generated IR-UWB pulse is fully Federal Communications Commission compliant, even in the highly power-restricted global positioning system band. The proposed optical scheme has potential to be integrated on a compact optical chip and thus suitable for reliable, low-cost, high-speed, short-range UWB wireless access, such as in-building networks.

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