Optical Review

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 310–317 | Cite as

Photonic microwave multi-band frequency conversion based on a DP-QPSK modulator for satellite communication

  • Tao Lin
  • Shanghong Zhao
  • Qiurong Zheng
  • Zihang Zhu
  • Xuan Li
  • Kun Qu
Regular Paper


We propose and demonstrate a simple, flexible and stably operated multi-band frequency conversion approach based on a dual-polarization quadrature phase shift keying modulator (DP-QPSK). The modulator incorporating two dual parallel Mach–Zehnder modulators (DPMZMs) which perform as OFC generator and +1st carrier suppressed single sideband generator, respectively, to achieve the purpose of frequency conversion. The theoretical analysis indicates that by properly adjusting six DC bias points in the integrated modulator and two modulation indices, a frequency of received RF signal can be directly converted into different frequencies that cover different bands simultaneously. The simulation results verified the possibility. For example, the received C band frequency of 3.8 GHz can be converted into X, Ku, K and Ka bands. An X band frequency of 9.6 GHz can be down-converted to C band and up-converted to Ku, K, Ka band. In addition, the simulation also focuses on how the adjustable parameters (such as DC bias points and modulation index) influence the conversion results. It demonstrates stable conversion efficiency against the DC drafting.


Microwave photonics Conversion efficiency Optical frequency comb (OFC) Multi-band frequency conversion 



This research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61571461) and (No. 61401502), Natural Science Foundation of Shaan xi Province (No. 2016JQ6008).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tao Lin
    • 1
  • Shanghong Zhao
    • 1
  • Qiurong Zheng
    • 1
  • Zihang Zhu
    • 1
  • Xuan Li
    • 1
  • Kun Qu
    • 1
  1. 1.College of Information and NavigationAir Force Engineering UniversityXi’anChina

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