On an Optical Correlator for Ultra-Wideband Microwave Signals Using Time-Space-Conversion

Conference: GeMiC 2009 - German Microwave Conference
03/16/2009 - 03/18/2009 at München, Germany

Proceedings: GeMiC 2009

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Seifarth, Christoph; Scholl, Gerd (Institute of Electrical Measurement Engineering, Helmut Schmidt University / University of the Federal Armed Forces Hamburg, 22039 Hamburg, Germany)
Jahns, Jürgen (Chair of Optical Information Technology, University of Hagen, 58084 Hagen, Germany)

In ultra-wideband (UWB) receivers microwave signals with bandwidths of several hundred MHz up to several GHz have to be processed. This paper presents a study on a optical correlation receiver using the time-space-conversion principle. Analytical formulations of the signal path in an optical spaceintegrating correlator with a diffraction grating as dispersive element and a matched filter are given. The correlator’s performance under the impact of additive white Gaussian noise as well as of single-tone jammers is numerically determined. The processing of a measured UWB input signal at a data rate of 100 Mbit/s is provided to prove its functionality for real, non-ideal input signals.