Recent advances in programmable photonic-assisted ultrabroadband radio-frequency arbitrary waveform generation
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This paper reviews recent advances in photonic-assisted radio-frequency arbitrary generation (RF-AWG), with emphasis on programmable ultrabroadband microwave and millimeter-wave waveforms. The key enabling components in these techniques are programmable optical pulse shaping, frequency-to-time mapping via dispersive propagation, and high-speed photodetection. The main advantages and challenges of several different photonic RF-AWG schemes are discussed. We further review some proof-of-concept demonstrations of ultrabroadband RF-AWG applications, including high-resolution ranging and ultrabroadband non-line-of-sight channel compensation. Finally, we present recent progress toward RF-AWG with increased time aperture and time-bandwidth product.
The article of record as published may be found at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JQE.2015.2506987
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