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Wireless THz link with optoelectronic transmitter and receiver

Harter, Tobias 1,2; Ummethala, Sandeep 1,2; Blaicher, Matthias 1,2; Muehlbrandt, Sascha ORCID iD icon 1,2; Wolf, Stefan 1; Weber, Marco 1; Adib, Md Mosaddek Hossain 1; Kemal, Juned. N. 1; Merboldt, Marco 1; Boes, Florian 3; Nellen, Simon; Tessmann, Axel; Walther, Martin; Globisch, Björn; Zwick, Thomas 3; Freude, Wolfgang 1; Randel, Sebastian 1; Koos, Christian 1,2
1 Institut für Photonik und Quantenelektronik (IPQ), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
2 Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
3 Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Photonics might play a key role in future wireless communication systems that operate at terahertz (THz) carrier frequencies. A prime example is the generation of THz data streams by mixing optical signals in high-speed photodetectors. Over previous years, this concept has enabled a series of wireless transmission experiments at record-high data rates. Reception of THz signals in these experiments, however, still relied on electronic circuits. In this paper, we show that wireless THz receivers can also greatly benefit from optoelectronic signal processing techniques, in particular when carrier frequencies beyond 0.1 THz and wideband tunability over more than an octave is required. Our approach relies on a high-speed photoconductor and a photonic local oscillator for optoelectronic downconversion of THz data signals to an intermediate frequency band that is easily accessible by conventional microelectronics. By tuning the frequency of the photonic local oscillator, we can cover a wide range of carrier frequencies between 0.03 and 0.34 THz. We demonstrate line rates of up to 10 Gbit/s on a single channel and up to 30 Gbit/s on multiple channels transmitted over a distance of 58 m. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000099268
Veröffentlicht am 24.10.2019
DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.6.001063
Zitationen: 66
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Hochfrequenztechnik und Elektronik (IHE)
Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT)
Institut für Photonik und Quantenelektronik (IPQ)
Universität Karlsruhe (TH) – Interfakultative Einrichtungen (Interfakultative Einrichtungen)
Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 08.2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2334-2536
KITopen-ID: 1000099268
HGF-Programm 43.23.03 (POF III, LK 01) Teratronics
Erschienen in Optica
Verlag Optica Publishing Group (OSA)
Band 6
Heft 8
Seiten 1063-1070
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 13.08.2019
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