High-Performance Photonic Analog-to-Digital Converter and Low-Noise Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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This project demonstrates three photonic analog-digital converters ADCs for high-speed, real-time digitization of microwave signals. The methods consist of a highly parallel photonic ADC, a time-division multiplexed system based on electro-optical Sagnac interferometry, and an alloptical quantizer based upon distributed phase modulation. The core of many photonic ADC designs relies upon a low-noise, actively modelocked fiber laser that has been developed at NRL. Photonic sampling of microwave signals is investigated especially concerning development of a low-noise optical clock. Optimization and system post-processing is simulated and compared with experimental data. Finally, the low-noise optical clock was used in a four-way collaborative research effort where NRL excited and characterized high-speed, high-current photoconductive switches.
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