Accession Number : ADA327733

Title :   A Coherent, Optically Controlled Phased Array System.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Jan 93-Jul 96,

Corporate Author : PRINCETON UNIV NJ DEPT OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s) : Forrest, Stephen R. ; Xu, Ligeng ; Taylor, Robert ; Freitag, P. M. ; Poor, H. V.

PDF Url : ADA327733

Report Date : MAY 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 279

Abstract : An optically controlled microwave phased array antenna system is analyzed. Beamforming is accomplished with a large number of antenna elements that can receive any of several different true-time delays from a single fiber using multi-channel optical heterodyne techniques. System performance such as signal to noise ratio, signal to interchannel interference ratio, and dynamic range (DR) for various modulation-demodulation schemes (i.e. AM, FM, and PM) are quantitatively analyzed. An experimental system insensitive to laser linewidth arid IF frequency instabilities is demonstrated. Accurate true-time delay is demonstrated across the L band (0.8 to 1.5 GHz). The DR for one channel is 52 dB/MHz. For a narrow channel spacing of 1 angstrom at 1.55 micrometers, the interchannel interference is <-50dB. Also, monolithic photonic integration using vertical twin-waveguide (TG) structure based on single-step MBE grown InP/InGaAsP material is studied as a means of practical implementation of large scale photonic systems. Finally, high efficiency, high power semiconductor lasers employing a 1.5 micron InGaAsP/InP separate confinement multi-quantum well structure, are investigated for use in high DR, high density RF-optical links.

Descriptors :   *FIBER OPTICS, *SEMICONDUCTOR LASERS, HETERODYNING, QUANTUM WELLS, SIGNAL TO NOISE RATIO, EFFICIENCY, WAVEGUIDES, BEAM FORMING, PHOTONS, MONOLITHIC STRUCTURES(ELECTRONICS), DYNAMIC RANGE, SPECTRAL LINES, MULTICHANNEL, L BAND.

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Lasers and Masers
      Fiber Optics and Integrated Optics

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