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QuEnG Seminar || Innovation : Ultra-wideband RF spectral analyzer based on spectral hole-burning in Tm:YAG crystal : from lab experiment to field demonstration

on the February 14, 2020

At 11:00am
As part of the next QuEnG Seminar || Innovation, we are pleased to welcome Perrine Berger, Thales Research Technology (Palaiseau)

Quantum technologies can contribute to electromagnetic spectrum dominance through the use of SHB (spectral hole burning) based spectral holography in a 3K cooled rare earth doped crystal.

We perform on an out-of-lab demonstration of a multi-gigahertz bandwidth radio-frequency (RF) spectrum analyzer based on spectral hole burning in a 3 K-cooled Thulium3+ doped YAG crystal.

We implemented the so-called "rainbow" architecture, in which optically carried RF spectral components of the incoming signal experience a giant angular dispersion (6 rad/nm) within the crystal. This huge dispersion is obtained by storing a spectro-spatial pattern in the Zeeman sub-levels of ground state 3H6 of Tm :YAG with two periodically frequency-swept and angularly scanned laser beams. The microwave bandwidth of interest being then spread over more than 200 milliradians, it can be imaged and acquired with a high-speed pixelated photo-detector. With this setup, we have been able to monitor and record the spectrum of complex microwave signals over an instantaneous bandwidth of 40 GHz, with a time resolution in the µs range, an adaptable frequency resolution down to MHz, over a large multi-signal dynamic range. The analysis is continuous, leading to a 100% probability of intercept of short/pulsed RF signals, and to almost no latency. This architecture does not require high dynamic range RF analog-to-digital conversion, neither high throughout power spectral density computations, that are the main bottlenecks in standard ultra-wideband spectral analysis techniques. Optical techniques (laser frequency sweeps and stabilities, opto-mechanics) have been handled in order to perform real field tests.

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Published on February 10, 2020

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