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Spectral Power Enhancement in a 100 GHz Photonic Millimeter-Wave Generator Enabled by Spectral Line-by-Line Pulse Shaping

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Kuo, F.-M. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Central Univ., Taoyuan, Taiwan ; Shi, J.-W. ; Chiang, H.-C. ; Chuang, H.-P.
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We report generation of high-modulation-depth photonic millimeter-wave (MMW) waveforms by applying line-by-line pulse shaping on a phase-modulated continuous-wave frequency comb. The optimized 20 and 100 GHz optical waveforms are then converted into electrical MMW signals using a near-ballistic uni-traveling-carrier photodiode (NBUTC-PD). A 7.4 dB MMW power enhancement is experimentally achieved by using 2.6 ps optimized pulses at a 100 GHz repetition rate, as compared with excitation by a conventional sinusoidal signal for the NBUTC-PD operated at the same photocurrent. This is in qualitative agreement with a theoretical analysis of spectral power enhancement by optical short pulses comprised of equi-amplitude frequency lines over sinusoidal excitation.

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Photonics Journal, IEEE  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 5 )