A review of photonic component technology for fiber radio applications at 60 GHz will be given. We will focus on two architectures: (i) baseband-over-fiber and (ii) RF-over-fiber. In the first approach, up-conversion to 60 GHz is performed at the picocell base stations, with data being transported over fiber, while in the second both the data and rum wave carrier are transported over fiber.
For the baseband-over-fiber scheme, we examine techniques to improve the modulation efficiency of directly modulated fiber links. These are based on traveling-wave structures applied to series cascades of lasers. This approach combines the improvement in differential quantum efficiency with the ability to tailor impedance matching as required. In addition, we report on various base station transceiver architectures based on optically-controlled :tvfMIC self oscillating mixers, and their application to 60 GHz fiber radio. This approach allows low cost optoelectronic transceivers to be used for the baseband fiber link, whilst minimizing the impact of dispersion.
For the RF-over-fiber scheme, we report on schemes for optical generation of 100 GHz. These use modulation of a Mach-Zehnder modulator at Vπ bias in cascade with a Mach-Zehnder driven by 1.25 Gb/s data. One of the issues in RF-over-fiber is dispersion, while reduced modulation efficiency due to the presence of the optical carrier is also problematic. We examine the use of silicon nitride micro-ring resonators for the production of optical single sideband modulation in order to combat dispersion, and for the reduction of optical carrier power in order to improve link modulation efficiency.