Photonic compressed sensing Nyquist folding receiver
Shmel, Richard Nicholas
Pace, Phillip E.
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Disclosed herein is a design, simulation, and hardware build of a photonic compressed sensing Nyquist folding receiver that is able to directly undersample wideband RF signals and detect the original Nyquist zone and frequency information. According to an exemplary embodiment, this is achieved by generating a frequency modulated optical impulse train for directly undersampling the RF environment at the antenna. The impulse train undersamples the signals using an optical modulator configuration at 1550 nm and collects the detected samples in a low pass interpolation filter which is subsequently processed to extract the undersampled signals.