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A linearized analog microwave photonic link with an eliminated even-order distortions

Taimur Nazir Mirza Shyqyri Haxha Iyad Dayoub 1, 2
2 COMNUM - IEMN - COMmunications NUMériques - IEMN
IEMN-DOAE - Institut d’Électronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie - Département Opto-Acousto-Électronique - UMR 8520
Abstract : An improved linearized analog microwave photonic link (AMPL) with significant multioctave bandwidth performance is experimentally presented. The proposed AMPL configuration is based on a double dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator and a differential balanced photodetector (BPD). Explicitly, a gallium arsenide (GaAs)-based modulators are used as opposed to the commonly known lithium niobate (LiNbO3) modulators, due to its robustness in the harsh environment. The system configuration is designed to process a carrier suppressed double-sideband signal through the link, and then at the receiver, a carrier suppressed double-sideband signal is combined with an unmodulated optical carrier, which is transmitted through a polarization maintained (PM) optical fiber. In our experiment, only PM-based optical components are used for better system stability. The developed theoretical model of the proposed system illustrates the elimination of even-order distortions and a high suppression to the third-order intermodulation distortions at the BPD. Consequently, the fundamental signal to interference ratio of 60 dB was experimentally achieved. Furthermore, experimental results, simultaneously, demonstrate a significant increase of second-order spurious-free dynamic range and third-order spurious-free dynamic range by 19.5 and 3.1dB, respectively, compared to the previously reported AMPL performances based on polarization multiplexing dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest dynamic range AMPL system performance deploying GaAs electro-optic modulator which has most significant capabilities in managing RF signals and exhibits excessive performance in harsh operating environment in terms of thermal stability, power-handling, radiation resistance and longevity for aerospace, defense, and satellite-to-ground downlink communication system applications.
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Taimur Nazir Mirza, Shyqyri Haxha, Iyad Dayoub. A linearized analog microwave photonic link with an eliminated even-order distortions. IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE, In press, pp.1-9. ⟨10.1109/JSYST.2021.3051394⟩. ⟨hal-03142957⟩

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