Widely-tunable low-phase-noise coherent receiver using an optical Wadley loop

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Abstract

The Wadley Loop is a method of down-converting RF signals over a wide frequency range using a low-quality widely-tunable oscillator and a high-stability frequency comb reference. Together the widely tunable oscillator and high-stability comb source provide a widely-tunable highstability receiver. In this paper, we demonstrate an electro-optic version of the Wadley Loop that is able to provide a widely-tunable, high phase stability coherent receiver. This could have applications in Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) receivers with high constellation sizes, optical OFDM receivers with long symbol durations, and wide-range high spectral resolution optical spectrum analysers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19891-19900
Number of pages10
JournalOptics Express
Volume23
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2015

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