Abstract

We propose and experimentally demonstrate a photonic-assisted approach to microwave frequency measurement based on frequency-to-time mapping using a Fourier domain mode-locked optoelectronic oscillator (FDML OEO) operating around oscillation threshold. A relationship between the frequency of the unknown input microwave signals and the time difference of the output pulses is established with the help of the frequency scanning capability of the FDML OEO and, thus, can be used for microwave frequency measurement. The proposed scheme is characterized as having broad bandwidth, high resolution, multiple-frequency detection capability, and tunable measurement range. Microwave frequency measurement with a measurement range up to 16 GHz and a low measurement error of 0.07 GHz is realized.

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