8 May 2017 Integrated optic single-ring filter for narrowband phase demodulation
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Integrated optic notch filters are key building blocks for higher-order spectral filter responses and have been demonstrated in many technology platforms from dielectrics (such as Si3N4) to semiconductors (Si photonics). Photonic-assisted RF processing applications for notch filters include identifying and filtering out high-amplitude, narrowband signals that may be interfering with the desired signal, including undesired frequencies detected in radar and free-space optical links. The fundamental tradeoffs for bandwidth and rejection depth as a function of the roundtrip loss and coupling coefficient are investigated along with the resulting spectral phase response for minimum-phase and maximum-phase responses compared to the critical coupling condition and integration within a Mach Zehnder interferometer. Based on a full width at half maximum criterion, it is shown that maximum-phase responses offer the smallest bandwidths for a given roundtrip loss. Then, a new role for passive notch filters in combination with high-speed electro-optic phase modulation is explored around narrowband phase-to-amplitude demodulation using a single ring operating on one sideband. Applications may include microwave processing and instantaneous frequency measurement (IFM) for radar, space and defense applications.
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C. K. Madsen, C. K. Madsen, } "Integrated optic single-ring filter for narrowband phase demodulation", Proc. SPIE 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX, 101942W (8 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262715; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2262715
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