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On an Optical Correlator for Ultra-Wideband Microwave Signals Using Time-Space-Conversion

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3 Author(s)
Christoph Seifarth ; Institute of Electrical Measurement Engineering, Helmut Schmidt University/University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, 22039 Hamburg, Germany, eMail: ; Gerd Scholl ; Jurgen Jahns

In ultra-wideband (UWB) receivers microwave signals with bandwidths of several hundred MHz up to several GHz have to be processed. This paper presents a study on a optical correlation receiver using the time-space-conversion principle. Analytical formulations of the signal path in an optical space-integrating correlator with a diffraction grating as dispersive element and a matched filter are given. The correlator's performance under the impact of additive white Gaussian noise as well as of single-tone jammers is numerically determined. The processing of a measured UWB input signal at a data rate of 100 Mbit/s is provided to prove its functionality for real, non-ideal input signals.

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2009 German Microwave Conference

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16-18 March 2009