Microwave photonic integrated circuits for millimeter-wave wireless communications

G. Carpintero, K. Balakier, Z. Yang, R. C. Guzmán, A. Corradi, A. Jimenez, G. Kervella, M. J. Fice, M. Lamponi, M. Chitoui, F. Van Dijk, C. C. Renaud, A. Wonfor, E. A.J.M. Bente, R. V. Penty, I. H. White, A. J. Seeds

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This paper describes the advantages that the introduction of photonic integration technologies can bring to the development of photonic-enabled wireless communications systems operating in the millimeter wave frequency range. We present two approaches for the development of dual wavelength sources for heterodyne-based millimeter wave generation realized using active/passive photonic integration technology. One approach integrates monolithically two distributed feedback semiconductor lasers along with semiconductor optical amplifiers, wavelength combiners, electro-optic modulators and broad bandwidth photodiodes. The other uses a generic photonic integration platform, developing narrow linewidth dual wavelength lasers based on arrayed waveguide gratings. Moreover, data transmission over a wireless link at a carrier wave frequency above 100 GHz is presented, in which the two lasers are free-running, and the modulation is directly applied to the single photonic chip without the requirement of any additional component.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6810774
Pages (from-to)3495-3501
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Issue number20
Early online date6 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2014


  • Broadband communication
  • microwave photonics
  • millimeter wave communication
  • millimeter wave integrated circuits
  • photonic integrated circuits
  • semiconductor lasers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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