Electro-optic modulator for compensation of third-order intermodulation distortion using frequency chirp modulation

Daichi Furubayashi, Yuta Kashiwagi, Takanori Sato, Tadashi Kawai, Akira Enokihara*, Naokatsu Yamamoto, Tetsuya Kawanishi


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A new structure of the electro-optic modulator to compensate the third-order intermodulation distortion (IMD3) is introduced. The modulator includes two Mach-Zehnder modulators (MZMs) operating with frequency chirp and the two modulated outputs are combined with an adequate phase difference. We revealed by theoretical analysis and numerical calculations that the IMD3 components in the receiver output could be selectively suppressed when the two MZMs operate with chirp parameters of opposite signs to each other. Spectral power of the IMD3 components in the proposed modulator was more than 15 dB lower than that in a normal Mach-Zehnder modulator at modulation index between 0.15 and 0.25 rad. The IMD3 compensation properties of the proposed modulator was experimentally confirmed by using a dual parallel Mach-Zehnder modulator (DPMZM) structure. We designed and fabricated the modulator with the single-chip structure and the single-input operation by integrating with 180. hybrid coupler on the modulator substrate. Modulation signals were applied to each modulation electrode by the 180. hybrid coupler to set the chirp parameters of two MZMs of the DPMZM. The properties of the fabricated modulator were measured by using 10 GHz two-tone signals. The performance of the IMD3 compensation agreed with that in the calculation. It was confirmed that the IMD3 compensation could be realized even by the fabricated modulator structure.

ジャーナルIEICE Transactions on Electronics
出版ステータスPublished - 2020 11月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 電子工学および電気工学


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