Stable closed-loop fiber-optic delay of arbitrary radio-frequency waveforms

A. Ben-Amram, Y. Stern, Y. London, Y. Antman, A. Zadok

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Thermal drifts in long fiber-optic delay lines are compensated based on chromatic dispersion. An arbitrary input radio-frequency (RF) waveform and a control RF sine wave modulate two different tunable laser sources and are coupled into the fiber delay line. The RF phase of the control tone at the output of the delay line is monitored and used to adjust the wavelengths of both sources, so that the effects of thermal drifts and dispersion cancel out. The input and control waveforms are separated in the optical domain, and no restrictions are imposed on their RF spectra. A figure of merit is proposed, in terms of the fiber delay, range of temperature changes that may be compensated for, and residual delay variations. An upper bound on performance is established in terms of the specifications of the tunable lasers. The principle is used in the stable distribution of sine waves and of broadband linear frequency-modulated (LFM) waveforms, which are commonly employed in radar systems. Lastly, the method is incorporated in stable interrogation of a localized hot-spot within a highresolution, distributed Brillouin fiber sensing setup. The results demonstrate the applicability of the proposed protocol in the processing of arbitrary waveforms, as part of larger, more complex systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28244-28257
Number of pages14
JournalOptics Express
Issue number22
StatePublished - 2 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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