Optical frequency comb technology for ultra-broadband radio-frequency photonics

  • Torres-Company V
  • Weiner A
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Abstract

The outstanding phase-noise performance of optical frequency combs has led to a revolution in optical synthesis and metrology, covering a myriad of applications, from molecular spectroscopy to laser ranging and optical communications. However, the ideal characteristics of an optical frequency comb are application dependent. In this review, the different techniques for the generation and processing of high-repetition-rate (>10 GHz) optical frequency combs with technologies compatible with optical communication equipment are covered. Particular emphasis is put on the benefits and prospects of this technology in the general field of radio-frequency photonics, including applications in high-performance microwave photonic filtering, ultra-broadband coherent communications, and radio-frequency arbitrary waveform generation. The outstanding phase-noise performance of optical frequency combs has led to a revolution in optical synthesis and metrology. In this review, the techniques for the generation and processing of high-repetition-rate (>10 GHz) optical frequency combs with technologies compatible with optical communication equipment are covered. Particular emphasis is put on the benefits and prospects of this technology in the general field of radio-frequency photonics, including applications in high-performance microwave photonic filtering, ultra-broadband coherent communications, and radio-frequency arbitrary waveform generation. © 2013 by WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Microwave photonics
  • Optical communications
  • Optical frequency combs
  • Optical signal processing
  • Pulse shaping
  • Wireless communications

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Authors

  • Victor Torres-Company

  • Andrew M. Weiner

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