Abstract

A widely tunable optoelectronic oscillator (OEO) based on a broadband phase modulator and a tunable optical bandpass filter is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. A tunable range from 4.74 to 38.38 GHz is realized by directly tuning the bandwidth of the optical bandpass filter. To the best of our knowledge, this is the widest fundamental frequency tunable range ever achieved by an OEO. The phase noise performance of the generated signal is also investigated. The single-sideband phase noise is below 120dBc/Hz at an offset of 10 KHz within the whole tunable range.

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

T. Chen, X. Yi, L. Li, and R. Minasian, Opt. Lett. 37, 4699 (2012).

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H. Tsuchida and M. Suzuki, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 17, 211 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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Ben, D.

Z. Tang, S. Pan, D. Zhu, R. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Pan, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1487 (2012).
[CrossRef]

S. Pan, Z. Tang, D. Zhu, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, Opt. Lett. 36, 4722 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Capmany, J.

Chen, T.

Guo, R.

Z. Tang, S. Pan, D. Zhu, R. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Pan, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1487 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Izutsu, M.

Kawanishi, T.

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[CrossRef]

Li, W.

M. Li, W. Li, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1251 (2012).
[CrossRef]

W. Li and J. P. Yao, IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 60, 1735 (2012).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Minasian, R.

Ortega, B.

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[CrossRef]

Pan, S.

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[CrossRef]

S. Pan and J. P. Yao, Opt. Lett. 35, 1911 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Pastor, D.

Sakamoto, T.

Suzuki, M.

H. Tsuchida and M. Suzuki, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 17, 211 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Tang, Z.

Z. Tang, S. Pan, D. Zhu, R. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Pan, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1487 (2012).
[CrossRef]

S. Pan, Z. Tang, D. Zhu, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, Opt. Lett. 36, 4722 (2011).
[CrossRef]

Tsuchida, H.

H. Tsuchida and M. Suzuki, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 17, 211 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Yao, J. P.

M. Li, W. Li, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1251 (2012).
[CrossRef]

W. Li and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 812 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Z. Tang, S. Pan, D. Zhu, R. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Pan, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1487 (2012).
[CrossRef]

W. Li and J. P. Yao, IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 60, 1735 (2012).
[CrossRef]

S. Pan, Z. Tang, D. Zhu, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, Opt. Lett. 36, 4722 (2011).
[CrossRef]

S. Pan and J. P. Yao, Opt. Lett. 35, 1911 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Yao, X. S.

X. S. Yao and L. Maleki, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 13, 1725 (1996).
[CrossRef]

X. S. Yao and L. Maleki, in Proceedings of 2011 International Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP 1996) (IEEE, 1996), pp. 265–268.

Yi, X.

Zhao, Y.

Z. Tang, S. Pan, D. Zhu, R. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Pan, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1487 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Zhu, D.

Z. Tang, S. Pan, D. Zhu, R. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Pan, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1487 (2012).
[CrossRef]

S. Pan, Z. Tang, D. Zhu, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, Opt. Lett. 36, 4722 (2011).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett.

W. Li and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 812 (2012).
[CrossRef]

M. Li, W. Li, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1251 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Z. Tang, S. Pan, D. Zhu, R. Guo, Y. Zhao, M. Pan, D. Ben, and J. P. Yao, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 24, 1487 (2012).
[CrossRef]

H. Tsuchida and M. Suzuki, IEEE Photon. Technol. Lett. 17, 211 (2005).
[CrossRef]

IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech.

W. Li and J. P. Yao, IEEE Trans. Microw. Theory Tech. 60, 1735 (2012).
[CrossRef]

J. Lightwave Technol.

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B

Opt. Lett.

Other

X. S. Yao and L. Maleki, in Proceedings of 2011 International Meeting on Microwave Photonics (MWP 1996) (IEEE, 1996), pp. 265–268.

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic diagram of the proposed tunable OEO. PM, phase modulator; TOBPF, tunable optical bandpass filter; OC, optical coupler; OSA, optical spectrum analyzer; SMF, single-mode fiber; PD, photodetector; EA, electrical amplifier; EC, electrical coupler; ESA, electrical spectrum analyzer.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Optical spectrum and electrical spectrum of the output of the proposed OEO. (a) 4.74 GHz optical spectrum, (b) 4.74 GHz electrical spectrum, (c) 38.3 GHz optical spectrum, and (d) 38.3 GHz electrical spectrum.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Spectra of the generated microwave signal at different frequencies from 4.74 to 38.38 GHz.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

SSB phase noise of oscillation frequencies at 25.3 GHz generated by the new proposed OEO.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

SSB phase noise measurement at the offset of 10 KHz within the whole tunable range in the proposed OEO.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

SSB phase noise comparison between the new proposed OEO with tunable MPBPF (red solid curve) and the conventional OEO with EBPF (blue dashed curve). Both are for the generated 25 GHz microwave signal under the same experiment conditions.

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