Abstract

An ultra-wideband microwave photonic filter (MPF) with a high quality (Q)-factor based on the birefringence effects in a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA) is presented, and the theoretical fundamentals of the design are explained. The proposed MPF along orthogonal polarization in an active loop operates at up to a Ku-band and provides a tunable free spectral range from 15.44 to 19.44 GHz by controlling the SOA injection current. A prototype of the equivalent second-order infinite impulse response filter with a Q-factor over 6300 and a rejection ration exceeding 41 dB is experimentally demonstrated.

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