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Chin. Phys. B, 2014, Vol. 23(6): 064217    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/23/6/064217

Tunable microwave signal generation based on an Opto-DMD processor and a photonic crystal fiber

Wang Taoa, Sang Xin-Zhua, Yan Bin-Bina, Ai Qib, Li Yana, Chen Xiaob, Zhang Yingb, Chen Gen-Xiangb, Song Fei-Juna, Zhang Xiaa, Wang Kui-Rua, Yuan Jin-Huia, Yu Chong-Xiua, Xiao Fengc, Alameh Kamalc
a State Key Laboratory of Information Photonics and Optical Communications, Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, Beijing 100876, China;
b College of Science, Minzu University of China, Beijing 100081, China;
c WA Center of Excellence for MicroPhotonic System, Electron Science Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, WA 6027, Australia
Abstract  Frequency-tunable microwave signal generation is proposed and experimentally demonstrated with a dual-wavelength single-longitudinal-mode (SLM) erbium-doped fiber ring laser based on a digital Opto-DMD processor and four-wave mixing (FWM) in a high-nonlinear photonic crystal fiber (PCF). The high-nonlinear PCF is employed for the generation of the FWM to obtain stable and uniform dual-wavelength oscillation. Two different short passive sub-ring cavities in the main ring cavity serve as mode filters to make SLM lasing. The two lasing wavelengths are electronically selected by loading different gratings on the Opto-DMD processor controlled with a computer. The wavelength spacing can be smartly adjusted from 0.165 nm to 1.08 nm within a tuning accuracy of 0.055 nm. Two microwave signals at 17.23 GHz and 27.47 GHz are achieved. The stability of the microwave signal is discussed. The system has the ability to generate a 137.36-GHz photonic millimeter signal at room temperature.
Keywords:  fiber lasers      four-wave mixing      Opto-DMD processor      tunable microwave signal  
Received:  28 September 2013      Revised:  19 November 2013      Published:  15 June 2014
PACS:  42.55.Wd (Fiber lasers)  
  42.55.Tv (Photonic crystal lasers and coherent effects)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2010CB327605), the Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education, China (Grant No. 20120005120021), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2013RC1202), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, China (Grant No. NECT-11-0596), and the Beijing Nova Program, China (Grant No. 2011066).
Corresponding Authors:  Wang Tao     E-mail:

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Wang Tao, Sang Xin-Zhu, Yan Bin-Bin, Ai Qi, Li Yan, Chen Xiao, Zhang Ying, Chen Gen-Xiang, Song Fei-Jun, Zhang Xia, Wang Kui-Ru, Yuan Jin-Hui, Yu Chong-Xiu, Xiao Feng, Alameh Kamal Tunable microwave signal generation based on an Opto-DMD processor and a photonic crystal fiber 2014 Chin. Phys. B 23 064217

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