Compensation of third-order intermodulation distortion of electro-optic modulator by using frequency chirp modulation

Yuta Kashiwagi, Kosuke Takase, Tadashi Kawai, Akira Enokihara, Naokatsu Yamamoto, Tetsuya Kawanishi

研究成果: Conference contribution


A new electro-optic modulator for compensating the nonlinear distortion is proposed. The third-order intermodulation distortion (IMD3) in receiver output is optically suppressed by the frequency-chirp modulation in the dual-parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator (DPMZM) structure. All of optical branches of the DPMZM are symmetric. The performance was analyzed by numerical calculations. First, we made an experiment to confirm the performance using a DPMZM with a microwave hybrid coupler for applying 10GHz two-tone signals to each electrode of the DPMZM. The chirp parameters of two Mach-Zehnder modulators (MZMs) of the DPMZM were set to opposite signs to each other, +1 and -1. It is seen from the experiment that the intensity ratio of IMD3 to signal in the receiver output was less than -58dB at modulation indices below 0.55 (0.175 €) rad and that the minimum of the ratio was less than -80dB at around 0.5 (0.16π) rad. In contrast, for a conventional single-MZM the ratio was less than -27dB below 0.55rad modulation indices. These experimental results agreed well with the calculation ones. Next, we designed and fabricated the modulator of the single-chip structure and the single-input operation for smallsizing and simple operation. The microwave rat-race circuit (RR), which operates as a 180° hybrid coupler, was designed on a Lithium Niobate (LN) substrate at 10GHz and was integrated with modulation electrodes of the DPMZM. The RR and modulation electrodes were formed with a gold thin film pattern at a time. The IMD3 suppression operation was confirmed for the fabricated modulator as well.

ホスト出版物のタイトルOptical Components and Materials XV
編集者Michel J. F. Digonnet, Shibin Jiang
出版ステータスPublished - 2018
イベントOptical Components and Materials XV 2018 - San Francisco, United States
継続期間: 2018 1月 292018 1月 31


名前Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


OtherOptical Components and Materials XV 2018
国/地域United States
CitySan Francisco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 凝縮系物理学
  • コンピュータ サイエンスの応用
  • 応用数学
  • 電子工学および電気工学


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