A 15-GHz Direct Optical Injection-Locked MMIC Oscillator Using Photosensitive HBTs


IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E79-C    No.1    pp.40-45
Publication Date: 1996/01/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Optomicrowave Techniques and Their Applications)
Category: Optomicrowave Devices
optically injection-locked oscillator,  wide locking range,  high-fT/fmax photosensitive HBT,  Q-damping variable resistor,  Q-variable filter photoreceiver,  MMIC,  

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This paper presents a 15-GHz MMIC direct optical injection-locked oscillator (MMIC OILO) with very-wide locking range that uses photosensitive HBTs. The MMIC OILO consists of an HBT and a positive feedback circuit including a Q-damping variable resistor. By utilizing the high-fT/fmax photosensitive HBT, we realize both high-frequency oscillation of 15 GHz and increased equivalent electrical injection power. In addition to increasing the RF injection power, the Q-damping variable resistor effectively reduces the quality-factor of the oscillator, thus realizing the very wide locking range (f) of 567 MHz (f/fosc3.8%). The locking bandwidth of 3.8% is over 10 times wider than that of any yet reported microwave direct OILO. Furthermore, it is shown that the MMIC OILO can also work as a high-gain Q-variable filter photoreceiver by increasing a Q-damping variable resistance over the self-oscillation suppression range.