1 March 2016 Microwave and RF applications for micro-resonator based frequency combs
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Photonic integrated circuits that exploit nonlinear optics in order to generate and process signals all-optically have achieved performance far superior to that possible electronically - particularly with respect to speed. We review the recent achievements based in new CMOS-compatible platforms that are better suited than SOI for nonlinear optics, focusing on radio frequency (RF) and microwave based applications that exploit micro-resonator based frequency combs. We highlight their potential as well as the challenges to achieving practical solutions for many key applications. These material systems have opened up many new capabilities such as on-chip optical frequency comb generation and ultrafast optical pulse generation and measurement. We review recent work on a photonic RF Hilbert transformer for broadband microwave in-phase and quadrature-phase generation based on an integrated frequency optical comb. The comb is generated using a nonlinear microring resonator based on a CMOS compatible, high-index contrast, doped-silica glass platform. The high quality and large frequency spacing of the comb enables filters with up to 20 taps, allowing us to demonstrate a quadrature filter with more than a 5-octave (3 dB) bandwidth and an almost uniform phase response.
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Thach G. Nguyen, Thach G. Nguyen, Mehrdad Shoeiby, Mehrdad Shoeiby, Marcello Ferrera, Marcello Ferrera, Alessia Pasquazi, Alessia Pasquazi, Marco Peccianti, Marco Peccianti, Sai T. Chu, Sai T. Chu, Brent E. Little, Brent E. Little, Roberto Morandotti, Roberto Morandotti, Arnan Mitchell, Arnan Mitchell, David J. Moss, David J. Moss, "Microwave and RF applications for micro-resonator based frequency combs", Proc. SPIE 9750, Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies XX, 97500H (1 March 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2218883; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2218883
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