Photonic RF and microwave filters based on 49 GHz and 200 GHz Kerr microcombs

Mengxi Tan, Xingyuan Xu, Jiayang Wu, Roberto Morandotti, Arnan Mitchell, David J. Moss

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Integrated Kerr microcombs are emerging as a powerful tool as sources of multiple wavelength channels for photonic RF and microwave signal processing mainly in the context of transversal filters. They offer a compact device footprint, very high versatility, large numbers of wavelengths, and wide Nyquist bands. Here, we review recent progress on Kerr microcomb-based photonic RF and microwave reconfigurable filters, based both on transversal filter methods and on RF to optical bandwidth scaling. We compare and contrast results achieved with widely spaced (200 GHz) microcombs and more finely spaced (49 GHz) microcombs. The strong potential of optical micro-combs for RF photonics applications in terms of functions and integrability is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125563
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Communications
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Micro-ring resonators
  • Microwave photonics

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