A technique to provide independent control on the amplitude and phase of two orthogonal linearly polarised light is presented. It is based on operating a commercial dual-polarisation dual-drive Mach Zehnder modulator (DPol-DDMZM) in reverse direction that routes the input light in slow and fast axis into two different DDMZMs. The technique has the advantage of controlling the phase of the slow-axis light and the amplitude of the fast-axis light has no effect on the light travelling in the orthogonal polarisation state. It has applications in linearised microwave photonic links, frequency multipliers and microwave phase shifters. A new microwave photonic Hilbert transformer based on using the reverse operating DPol-DDMZM to alter the phase of an RF modulation sideband without affecting the orthogonally polarised optical carrier is developed. Experimental results demonstrate 24.3 dB attenuation in the fast-axis light with no change in the slow-axis light, and 0-360 RF phase shift for only 3.3 V change in DC voltage. The new Hilbert transformer with less than 2.5 phase imbalance and 0.4 dB amplitude ripples over 4-18 GHz frequency range is also demonstrated.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||IEEE Photonics Journal|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2021|