Elimination of odd and even intermodulation distortions of analog microwave photonics link based on GaAs MZMs

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In this paper, a high linear Analogue Microwave Photonic Link (AMPL) is proposed and experimentally demonstrated by unique ways of deploying Gallium Arsenide (GaAs), two Electro-optic Mach-Zehnder Modulators (MZMs), and Balanced Photo detector (BPD). All even and odd intermodulation distortions products are suppressed under noise floor. Second Order Harmonics (SOH) are also significantly suppressed by careful arrangements of microwave shifters and MZMs. The proposed configuration of AMPL is a single-side band. We have also developed and implemented a full mathematical model for proposed configuration, and linearization of the system is tested by introducing an additional RF signal. Our experimental measurements exhibit the suppression under the noise floor of all even and odd IMD and significant suppression of SOH. Spurious Free Dynamic Range (SFDR) of the proposed analogue photonic link for a linearized signal is 119.5 dB.Hz2/3. The proposed novel AMPL would have a great impact on future aerospace, defense and satellite-to-ground downlink communication systems applications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17521-17531
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2020


  • Microwave Photonics
  • Intermodulation distortions
  • Aerospace systems applications
  • Radio over Fiber

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