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Opt Express. 2011 Aug 29;19(18):17421-6. doi: 10.1364/OE.19.017421.

Fully tunable 360° microwave photonic phase shifter based on a single semiconductor optical amplifier.

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  • 1ITEAM Research Institute, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain.


A fully tunable microwave photonic phase shifter involving a single semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is proposed and demonstrated. 360° microwave phase shift has been achieved by tuning the carrier wavelength and the optical input power injected in an SOA while properly profiting from the dispersion feature of a conveniently designed notch filter. It is shown that the optical filter can be advantageously employed to switch between positive and negative microwave phase shifts. Numerical calculations corroborate the experimental results showing an excellent agreement.

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