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Photonics 2017, 4(4), 45; doi:10.3390/photonics4040045

Tunable Multiband Microwave Photonic Filters

Lightwave and Microwave Photonics Laboratory, College of Engineering, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Received: 24 October 2017 / Revised: 20 November 2017 / Accepted: 21 November 2017 / Published: 23 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Microwave Photonics 2017)
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Abstract

The increasing demand for multifunctional devices, the use of cognitive wireless technology to solve the frequency resource shortage problem, as well as the capabilities and operational flexibility necessary to meet ever-changing environment result in an urgent need of multiband wireless communications. Spectral filter is an essential part of any communication systems, and in the case of multiband wireless communications, tunable multiband RF filters are required for channel selection, noise/interference removal, and RF signal processing. Unfortunately, it is difficult for RF electronics to achieve both tunable and multiband spectral filtering. Recent advancements of microwave photonics have proven itself to be a promising candidate to solve various challenges in RF electronics including spectral filtering, however, the development of multiband microwave photonic filtering still faces lots of difficulties, due to the limited scalability and tunability of existing microwave photonic schemes. In this review paper, we first discuss the challenges that were facing by multiband microwave photonic filter, then we review recent techniques that have been developed to tackle the challenge and lead to promising developments of tunable microwave photonic multiband filters. The successful design and implementation of tunable microwave photonic multiband filter facilitate the vision of dynamic multiband wireless communications and radio frequency signal processing for commercial, defense, and civilian applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: microwave photonics; filters; multiband filters; multiband communications microwave photonics; filters; multiband filters; multiband communications
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Fok, M.P.; Ge, J. Tunable Multiband Microwave Photonic Filters. Photonics 2017, 4, 45.

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