Optical under-sampling by using a broadband optical comb with a high average power

Alexander Sherman, Moshe Horowitz, Shlomo Zach

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We demonstrate a new method to improve the performance of photonic assisted analog to digital converters (ADCs) that are based on frequency down-conversion obtained by optical under-sampling. The under-sampling is performed by multiplying the radio frequency signal by ultra-low jitter broadband phase-locked optical comb. The comb wave intensity has a smooth periodic function in the time domain rather than a train of short pulses that is currently used in most photonic assisted ADCs. Hence, the signal energy at the photo-detector output can be increased and the signal to noise ratio of the system might be improved without decreasing its bandwidth. We have experimentally demonstrated a system for electro-optical under-sampling with a 6-dB bandwidth of 38.5 GHz and a spur free dynamic range of 99 dB/Hz 2/3 for a signal with a carrier frequency of 35.8 GHz, compared with 94 dB/Hz2/3 for a signal at 6.2 GHz that was obtained in the same system when a pulsed optical source was used. The optical comb was generated by mixing signals from two dielectric resonator oscillators in a Mach-Zehnder modulator. The comb spacing is equal to 4 GHz and its bandwidth was greater than 48 GHz. The temporal jitter of the comb measured by integrating the phase noise in a frequency region of 10 kHz to 10 MHz around comb frequencies of 16 and 20 GHz was only about 15 and 11 fs, respectively.

שפה מקוריתאנגלית
עמודים (מ-עד)15502-15513
מספר עמודים12
כתב עתOptics Express
מספר גיליון13
מזהי עצם דיגיטלי (DOIs)
סטטוס פרסוםפורסם - 30 יוני 2014

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