Optical mm-wave signal generation by frequency quadrupling using an optical modulator and a silicon microresonator filter

Lin Xu*, Chao Li, Chi-Wai Chow, Hon Ki Tsang

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Abstract

By adjusting the direct current (dc) bias on an electrooptic modulator to suppress the first-order sideband and subsequently using a double-waveguide micro-ring resonator to filter out the optical carrier, millimeter (mm)-wave signal was generated at a frequency of four times the 10-GHz local oscillator. A monolithic integrated silicon-based optical mm-wave signal generator by frequency quadrupling is proposed. A silicon integrated microresonator filter was fabricated and its design parameters are given. High extinction ratio optical mm-wave signal was obtained. The single sideband noise spectrum of the generated 40-GHz optical signal was measured, showing similar performance when compared with that generated by a radio-frequency synthesizer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-211
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 15 Feb 2009

Keywords

  • Frequency quadrupling
  • Microring resonator
  • Millimeter (mm)-wave

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