Abstract

We propose and experimentally demonstrate a tunable microwave photonic notch filter with a megahertz order bandwidth based on a silica microsphere cavity coupled by an optical microfiber. The silica microsphere with a quality factor of hundreds of millions offers a full width at half-maximum bandwidth down to the order of megahertz in the transmission spectrum. Due to the coupling flexibility between the microcavity and the optical microfiber, the bandwidth and suppression ratio can be tuned and optimized to get a rejection ratio beyond 30 dB. The tunability of over 15 GHz is also achieved. To the best of our knowledge, this single-stopband microwave photonic filter has the narrowest bandwidth filter that has ever been experimentally demonstrated. This microwave photonic notch filter shows distinct advantages of high selectivity, compactness, flexibility, and low insertion loss.

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