Abstract

We describe and demonstrate experimentally a method for photonic mixing of microwave signals by using a silicon electro-optical Mach–Zehnder modulator enhanced via slow-light propagation. Slow light with a group index of 11, achieved in a one-dimensional periodic structure, is exploited to improve the upconversion performance of an input frequency signal from 1 to 10.25 GHz. A minimum transmission point is used to successfully demonstrate the upconversion with very low conversion losses of 7dB and excellent quality of the received I/Q modulated QPSK signal with an optimum EVM of 8%.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

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