Photonic microwave generation using on-chip optical frequency combs

Science Daily  April 20, 2020 Soliton microcombs can now be built using CMOS-compatible photonic integrated circuits. However, they operate with repetition rates significantly beyond those that conventional electronics can detect, preventing their use in microwave photonics. Researchers in Switzerland have demonstrated soliton microcombs operating in two widely employed microwave bands, the X-band (~10 GHz, for radar) and the K-band (~20 GHz, for 5G). Driven by a low noise fibre laser, these devices produce more than 300 frequency lines within the 3 dB bandwidth, and generate microwave signals with phase noise levels comparable to modern electronic microwave oscillators. The results establish integrated microcombs as […]

Programming light on a chip

Eurekalert  January 8, 2019 An international team of researchers (USA – Harvard University, Howard University, China) has demonstrated a ‘photonic molecule’ with two distinct energy levels using coupled lithium niobate microring resonators and control it by external microwave excitation. They showed that the frequency and phase of light can be precisely controlled by programmed microwave signals and on-demand optical storage and retrieval by reconfiguring the photonic molecule into a bright–dark mode pair. These results open doors to applications in microwave signal processing, quantum photonic gates in the frequency domain and exploring concepts in optical computing and topological physics…read more. TECHNICAL […]