In this paper, we present the first fully packaged semiconductor laser optical phase-locked loop (OPLL) microwave photonic transmitter. The transmitter is based on semiconductor lasers that are directly phase locked without the use of any other phase noise-reduction mechanisms. In this transmitter, the lasers have a free-running summed linewidth of 6 MHz and the OPLL has a feedback bandwidth of 70 MHz, A state-of-the-art performance is obtained, with a total phase-error variance of 0.05 rad(2) (1-GHz bandwidth) and a carrier phase-error variance of 7x10(-4) rad(2) in a 15-MHz bandwidth. Carriers are generated in the range of 7-14 GHz. The OPLL transmitter has been fully packaged for practical use in field trials. This is the first time this type of transmitter has been fabricated in a packaged state which is a significant advance on the route to practical application.
|Journal||I E E E Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques|
|Publication status||Published - 1999|