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Opt Express. 2015 Sep 7;23(18):23177-84. doi: 10.1364/OE.23.023177.

Digital linearization of multi-carrier RF link with photonic bandpass sampling.


Due to the capacity in simultaneously down-converting and receiving ultra-wideband, multi-carrier radio frequency (RF) or microwave signals, the photonic bandpass sampling has found more and more applications in multi-carrier communication, frequency-agile coherent radar, compressive sensing, etc. The nonlinear transfer during the electronics-to-optics conversion results in distortions, which are bandpass sampled and frequency-folded within the first Nyquist zone, together with the target signals. Because of the multi-octave-span operation, all nonlinearities must be considered besides the usually-concerned third-order inter-modulation distortion (IMD3). We show theoretically that a photonic bandpass sampling link is equivalent to a baseband digital nonlinear link, and then propose a corresponding linearization scheme for the output signal. Such digital linearization is capable of suppressing all types of distortions. Both numerical and experimental examples are demonstrated, where all of the 3rd-order nonlinearities, including the internal and external IMD3, the cross modulation, and 3rd-order harmonics, are well eliminated.


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