A Linearized Analog Microwave Photonic link with an Eliminated Even-order Distortions

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An improved linearized analog microwave photonic link (AMPL) with significant multioctave bandwidth performance is experimentally presented. The proposed AMPL configuration is based on a double dual-parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator and a differential balanced photodetector (BPD). Explicitly, a gallium arsenide (GaAs)-based modulators are used as opposed to the commonly known lithium niobate (LiNbO 3 ) modulators, due to its robustness in the harsh environment. The system configuration is designed to process a carrier suppressed double-sideband signal through the link, and then at the receiver, a carrier suppressed double-sideband signal is combined with an unmodulated optical carrier, which is transmitted through a polarization maintained (PM) optical fiber. In our experiment, only PM-based optical components are used for better system stability. The developed theoretical model of the proposed system illustrates the elimination of even-order distortions and a high suppression to the third-order intermodulation distortions at the BPD. Consequently, the fundamental signal to interference ratio of 60 dB was experimentally achieved. Furthermore, experimental results, simultaneously, demonstrate a significant increase of second-order spurious-free dynamic range and third-order spurious-free dynamic range by 19.5 and 3.1 dB, respectively, compared to the previously reported AMPL performances based on polarization multiplexing dual-parallel Mach–Zehnder modulator. To the best of our knowledge, this is the highest dynamic range AMPL system performance deploying GaAs electro-optic modulator which has most significant capabilities in managing RF signals and exhibits excessive performance in harsh operating environment in terms of thermal stability, power-handling, radiation resistance and longevity for aerospace, defense, and satellite-to-ground downlink communication system applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Systems Journal
Early online date2 Feb 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Feb 2021


  • Microwave Photonics
  • Intermodulation distortions
  • Harmonic Distortions
  • Analog Microwave Photonic Link

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