Orthogonally polarized RF and microwave equalizers and single sideband generators based on Kerr microcombs
AbstractWe report narrowband orthogonally polarized optical RF single sideband generators as well as dual-channel RF equalization, both based on high-Q integrated ring resonators. The devices operate in the optical telecommunications C-band and enable RF operation over a range of either fixed or thermally tunable frequencies. They operate via TE/TM mode birefringence in the resonator. We achieve a very large dynamic tuning range of over 55 dB for both the optical carrier-to-sideband ratio and the dual-channel RF equalization for both the fixed and tunable devices.