Abstract

We present the theoretical investigation, design, and simulation of a novel guided-wave optical processor for L-band-transmission beam forming in a linear array of phased active antennas. The proposed configuration includes two contradirectional surface acoustic-wave transducers, and it is based on a Y-cut, X-propagating Ti:LiNbO3 planar waveguide supporting the lowest-order modes of both polarizations (TE0 and TM0) at the free-space wavelength λ = 0.85 μm. A detailed comparison between the processor we propose and other optical and electronic architectures reported in the literature is carried out, exhibiting a number of significant advantages in terms of weight, total chip size, and power consumption, when the number of antenna elements is greater than 50.

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