Photonic RF arbitrary waveform generator based on a soliton crystal micro-comb source

Mengxi Tan, Xingyuan Xu, Andreas Boes, Bill Corcoran, Jiayang Wu, Thach G. Nguyen, Sai T. Chu, Brent E. Little, Roberto Morandotti, Arnan Mitchell, David J. Moss

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We report a photonic-based radio frequency (RF) arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) using a soliton crystal micro-comb source with a free spectral range (FSR) of 48.9 GHz. The comb source provides over 80 wavelengths, or channels, that we use to successfully achieve arbitrary waveform shapes including square waveforms with a tunable duty ratio ranging from 10% to 90%, sawtooth waveforms with a tunable slope ratio of 0.2 to 1, and a symmetric concave quadratic chirp waveform with an instantaneous frequency of sub GHz. We achieve good agreement between theory and experiment, validating the effectiveness of this approach towards realizing high-performance, broad bandwidth, nearly user-defined RF waveform generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6221-6226
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2020


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