Photonic compressive sensing with a micro-ring-resonator-based microwave photonic filter

Ying Chen, Yunhong Ding, Zhijing Zhu, Hao Chi, Shilie Zheng, Xianmin Zhang, Xiaofeng Jin, Michael Galili, Xianbin Yu

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A novel approach to realize photonic compressive sensing (CS) with a multi-tap microwave photonic filter is proposed and demonstrated. The system takes both advantages of CS and photonics to capture wideband sparse signals with sub-Nyquist sampling rate. The low-pass filtering function required in the CS is realized in a photonic way by using a frequency comb and a dispersive element. The frequency comb is realized by shaping an amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) source with an on-chip micro-ring resonator, which is beneficial to the integration of photonic CS. A proof-of-concept experiment for a two-tone signal acquisition with frequencies of 350. MHz and 1.25. GHz is experimentally demonstrated with a compression factor up to 16.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOptics Communications
Pages (from-to)65–69
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Compressive sensing
  • Microwave photonic filter
  • Photonic analog-to-digital converter
  • Sparse signals
  • Analog to digital conversion
  • Bandpass filters
  • Compressed sensing
  • Low pass filters
  • Microwave resonators
  • Optical resonators
  • Resonators
  • Signal processing
  • Signal reconstruction
  • Amplified spontaneous emission source
  • Dispersive elements
  • Microring resonator
  • Microwave photonic filters
  • Sub-Nyquist sampling
  • Microwave filters

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