Optical Technologies for Phased Array Antennas

Alwyn SEEDS  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E76-C    No.2    pp.198-206
Publication Date: 1993/02/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Issue on Optical/Microwave Interaction Devices, Circuits and Systems)
phased array,  microwave opto-electronics,  beam forming,  optical heterodyne,  

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This paper reviews the application of optical technologies to phased array antennas. The performance of the fibre transmission medium and of sources and detectors is reviewed, leading to simple expressions for transmission loss and noise performance. Both coherent and non-coherent beam forming techniques are considered. Future trends, including the use of optical amplifiers and coherent signal generation, will also be discussed.