RF Photonic Link Test Bed
Final technical memo Jul 2002-Jul 2004
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB ROME NY SENSORSDIRECTORATE
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Described is a modular photonic RF link test bed integrated with the C-band radar operated by the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate s Radar Technology Branch SNRT. This flexible, multi-channel, test bed allows in-situ testing and evaluation of commercial and developmental photonic components in a convenient, yet realistic environment for their intended application, air and spaceborne RF sensing. This report documents the design and construction of a commercial off the shelf technology COTS based RF link transmitter and receiver, as well as the installation and testing of the multi-channel fiber optic link within the C-band radar. Performance of the COTS based link is reported and compared to requirements of the C-band radar for supporting typical experiments. A section on proposed future work is also presented.
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