Marc Nikles,Luc Thevenaz Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland) Philippe A. Robert Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (Switzerland) Jean Pierre von der Weid Pontificia Univ. Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
A simple system for optical and microwave signals analysis based on the optical sampling technique is presented. It is novel in requiring only low-frequency detection and electronic components. This is made possible by the use of a commercially available L1NbO3 intensity modulator for processing the light wave. The ultimate performance of the system is discussed, and comparisons with standard detection systems are also made.