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Analysis of a microwave amplifier using the electrooptic junction modulator

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D'Asaro, L.A. ; AT&T Bell Labs., Naperville, IL, USA

Analysis of a proposed amplifier using the electro-optic junction modulator combined with an efficient photodetector shows that gain can be expected at microwave frequencies. The power gain-band product is found to increase linearly with light source power. Calculated gain-band products G_{p}^{1/2}f , for a light power of one watt at the modulator input, a modulator length of one cm and a width of 10 microns are: for a GaAs modulator-2.6 GHz and for a GaP modulator-710 MHz. A traveling wave design shows gain proportional to the number of segments. For the same conditions as above, and using one thousand segments each 10 microns long, calculated gain-frequency products are: GaAs-820 GHz and GaP-130 GHz. An elementary noise calculation for the traveling wave design indicates that the amplifier is potentially capable of low noise operation.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 10 )