Abstract

We use a nonlinear analytic approach to predict the main oscillation mode power and spurious levels in ultrapure microwave optoelectronic oscillators (OEOs). This approach takes into account N simultaneously mode falling inside the RF filter bandwidth and calculates all the dominant InterModulation Products (IMPs) that fall in the fundamental zone. We show that nonlinear microwave photonic links exhibit the capture effect. By considering this effect, we derive analytical expressions that govern the behavior of the OEOs in the steady state. We find that when the small-signal open-loop gain is increased beyond a critical value, OEOs start a multimode operation from which the spurious levels grow rapidly. Our analytical predictions are verified by numerical simulations and experimental data.

© 2013 IEEE

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