Reconfigurable photonic generation of broadband chirped waveforms using a single CW laser and low-frequency electronics
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Broadband radio-frequency chirped waveforms (RFCWs) with dynamically tunable parameters are of fundamental interest to many practical applications. Recently, photonic-assisted solutions have been demonstrated to overcome the bandwidth and flexibility constraints of electronic RFCW generation techniques. However, state-of-the-art photonic techniques involve broadband mode-locked lasers, complex dual laser systems, or fast electronics, increasing significantly the complexity and cost of the resulting platforms. Here we demonstrate a novel concept for photonic generation of broadband RFCWs using a simple architecture, involving a single CW laser, a recirculating frequency-shifting loop, and standard low-frequency electronics. All the chirp waveform parameters, namely sign and value of the chirp rate, central frequency and bandwidth, duration and repetition rate, are easily reconfigurable. We report the generation of mutually coherent RF chirps, with bandwidth above 28 GHz, and time-bandwidth product exceeding 1000, limited by the available detection bandwidth. The capabilities of this simple platform fulfill the stringent requirements for real-world applications. Show more
Journal / seriesNature Communications
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PublisherNature Publishing Group
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