A one day workshop will be held before the conference, on Monday Oct. 22.

High level scientists and engineers will be invited to address the subject of microwave photonics for embedded systems. Three sessions, one in the morning and two in the afternoon will focus on the different approaches of this problem.


Microwave photonics for embedded systems


Session 1 - Microwave photonics for space systems

  • François Deborgies, ESA,The Netherlands, Microwave Photonics for Space Missions
  • Miguel A. Piqueras, DAS Photonics, Spain, Microwave photonic applications for the Next Generation of Telecom Payloads
  • Shilong Pan and Fangzheng Zhang, Nanjing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, Photonics-based radar enabling ultra-high resolution detection of space debris
  • Muriel Aveline, Thales Alenia Space, France, Photonic RF Payloads for Telecom Satellites: Achievements and Prospects
  • Javad Anzalchi, Airbus Defence and Space, UK, Photonics in Next Generation Telecom Satellites Payloads


Session 2 - Integrated microwave photonics

  • José Capmany, VLC Photonics, Spain, EU COST 16220 initiative
  • Caterina Taddei, Chris Roeloffzen, LioniX International, the Netherlands, Hybrid integrated microwave photonics platform 
  • Miguel V. Drummond, Aveiro University, Integrated optical beam-former
  • Jamping Yao, University of Ottawa, Silicon photonic integrated microwave generator and signal processors


Session 3 - Microwave photonics for defence and aerospace

  • Massimiliano Dispenza, Leonardo, Italy, Photonics in Land and Naval Defence Systems
  • Charles Middleton, Harris Corporation, USA, Satellite Communications using Microwave Photonics
  • Antonella Bogoni, CNIT, Italy, Photonics for Electronic Support Measures
  • Daniel Dolfi, Thales R&T, France, New trends in photonics for radar, E.W and lidar systems



Microwave Photonics for Space Missions

F. Deborgies, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

Potential space applications of MWP range from few tens of MHz to several hundreds of GHz covering today mostly Earth Observation and Telecommunications. The space environment being very demanding, new technologies are not easily taken on-board satellites thus MWP will only be accepted if unique features or capabilities are offered. This presentation will give some highlights of Microwave Photonics "enabled" past and future Earth Observation missions and cover some of the most recent developments.


Microwave photonic applications for the Next Generation of Telecom Payloads

Miguel A. Piqueras, DAS Photonics, Spain

State of the art High Throughput Satellites offers capacities in the range of Gbps by using current RF and microwave technology. The multiplication factor required to achieve the multi Tbps capacity paradigm demanded from the forecasted double-digit growth in the coming decade pushes the limits of the payloads and platforms cost, volume and complexity well beyond the nowadays affordable solutions with traditional technology. Microwave photonic technologies could be key enablers to overcome the challenges required to provide the capacity and flexibility to dynamically manage future Terabit/s communication satellites payloads. The ability of photonics to handle high data rates and RF bandwidth and its potential for large integration and mass reduction in advance applications like antenna beamforming or multi-frequency conversion at very high frequencies is critical in this scenario, especially when the optical fibre is included in the payload design substituting waveguides or coaxial cables.


Photonics-based radar enabling ultra-high resolution detection of space debris

Shilong Pan and Fangzheng Zhang, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, China

The increasing number of small-size debris in space has put forward urgent requirements for high-resolution target detection and imaging. Traditional microwave radars face difficulties in achieving this goal due to their limited operation bandwidth. Recently, ultra-wideband signal generation and ultra-fast analog signal processing in the optical domain enabled the possibility of ultra-high resolution and real-time radar imaging. In this talk, recent advancement on the photonics-based radar for real-time and ultra-high resolution target detection and imaging is reviewed. The established photonics-based radar prototype can achieve inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging with a 2D resolution as high as 2 cm × 2 cm. Therefore, it has good potential for detection and identification of small-size space debris, and this property has been soundly verified by successful tracking and imaging of a small unmanned aerial vehicle in a field trial experiment.


Photonic RF Payloads for Telecom Satellites: Achievements and Prospects

Muriel Aveline, Thales Alenia Space, Toulouse, France

Thales Alenia Space elaborated innovative concepts of photonic RF payloads with the objective to provide telecom satellites with enhanced functionality, higher performance and lower cost. This went through assessment of enabling technology as well as design of new architectures for the repeater and antenna sub-systems. In particular, major steps were achieved with the demonstration of representative photonic RF repeater models, based on optical distribution of local oscillators (LOs), photonic frequency-conversion and routing of RF signals. The benefits of these new solutions were thoroughly assessed. Among other advantages, they significantly improve the repeater architectures, and payload mass and power budgets compared to conventional RF solutions.

The challenge is now to increase their maturity and to offer the best solutions in a constantly evolving and demanding telecom payload market. In this context, photonic RF solutions will also need to be increasingly innovative and efficient.


Photonics in Next Generation Telecom Satellites Payloads

Javad Anzalchi, Airbus Defence and Space, UK

The main challenge of the next generation of High Throughput Satellites (HTS) is to provide a ten-fold increase in capacity together with enhanced flexibility whilst maintaining the overall satellite within the current volume and mass envelope. With telecom satellite payloads based on traditional RF equipment any increase in capacity and/or flexibility generally translates into a more or less linear increase in equipment count, mass, power consumption and power dissipation.
Photonics is a very promising technology which can help to overcome the above challenges. The ability of Photonics to handle high data rates and high frequencies as well as enabling reduced size, mass, immunity to EMI and ease of harness routing (by the use of fibre-optic cables) is significant.


European Network for High Performance Integrated Microwave Photonics

José Capmany, VLC Photonics, Spain

The European Network for High Performance Integrated Microwave Photonics (EUIMWP)  COST 16220 Action aims to shape and bring the relevant Integrated Microwave Photonics (IMWP) community supporting coordination and networking actions to consolidate this new  ecosystem, providing exchange of knowledge, ideas and delivering a portfolio of technological benchmarkings to establish performance indicators defining future technological requirements in high performance scenarios such as 5G, automotive and aerospace technologies.The action brings together groups from academia, industry and transnational organizations with complementary competences and on a global scale including PIC and MWP experts, microwave system application designers and end-users to fully develop the synergies required by this new paradigm. This talk will introduce the basic structure, instruments and objectives of the project and also publicize its different working groups

Hybrid integrated microwave photonics platform

Caterina Taddei, Chris Roeloffzen, LioniX International, the Netherlands

LioniX International manufactured and characterized the world’s first fully hybrid integrated microwave photonics system. Such system is obtained using the indium phosphide-TriPleX
platform which combines the low-loss silicon nitride waveguide technology with indium phosphide chip-based active components, such as gain diodes, modulators, and detectors in order to have a compact and robust multi-chip module. The combination of InP and TripleX allows the implementation of several functionalities on-chip, e.g. filtering, beamforming, taking advantage of the strength of each material. To our knowledge, this is the first fully hybrid integrated microwave photonics module that provides full RF-to-RF functionality. These modules will be used as processing core for array antennas, i.e. as beamforming networks, for broadband satellite communication at Ka band (19-22 GHz), and are an essential step towards the development for future 5G mmWave wireless applications at even higher frequencies (28 GHz and 60 GHz). The use of hybrid integrated microwave photonics systems can be exploited to address the extremely challenging requirements for the next generation of wireless and satellite communications.


Direct implementation of RF payloads using photonics

Miguel Drummond, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Aveiro, Portugal

The results and lessons learned in FP7 project BEACON will be presented. Project BEACON aimed at using photonics to implement a standard RF payload receiver with no changes to the main architecture, which meant using self-heterodyne coherent detection.
The first part of the presentation will report the successful results of such a simple and yet challenging approach, also including photonic true-time delay beamforming. Even though the system is coherent, it needs not to be implemented in a single chip, thus being modular. Such is a mandatory requisite in large-scale photonic payloads.
The second part of the approach builds on the successful demonstration results for dimensioning a complete payload supporting 260 beams. The scalability of the proposed approach in terms of size, weight and power consumption is quantified. The presentation ends with the lessons learned in the project.

Silicon photonic integrated microwave generator and signal processors
Jamping Yao, University of Ottawa
A silicon photonic integrated circuit (PIC) that can be reconfigured to operate as a microwave photonic filter and an optoelectronic oscillator for microwave signal processing and generation will be discussed. The design, the fabrication, and the experimental evaluation of the PIC will be elaborated.

Photonics in Land and Naval Defence Systems

Massimiliano Dispenza, Leonardo SpA, Roma, Italy

Development of photonic technologies for Land & Naval Defence Systems aims at the implementation of building blocks that realize specific functions (Signal distribution with high Signal Integrity and low EMI, Local Oscillator Generation and Waveform, AD conversion, etc …) with advantages for the system in terms of performance (wide bandwidth, low phase noise, high ENOB, etc …) or SWaP. Results for these building blocks, achieved so far, have shown increased performances compared to conventional technologies. Furthermore such technological achievements are currently aimed also to intersect new system paradigms, such as Software Defined Radar, offering solutions for challenges of next generation products (e.g. Fully Digital AESA systems).

At the same time new approaches in integration, exploiting PICs (Photonic Integrated Circuits) based on different platforms (Silicon, SiN, InP), are envisaged to offer new routes for a more pervasive and effective presence of photonic components in the system.


Satellite Communications using Microwave Photonics

Charles Middleton, Harris Corporation, Melbourne, USA

The need for higher data rates in satellite communication systems can be met by using higher frequency bands and higher-order modulation formats, but each of these places more difficult requirements on system performance. Microwave signal processing becomes more difficult at higher frequencies, and higher-order modulation formats require improved signal-to-noise ratio and linearity. To address these challenges, microwave photonics provides several unique capabilities.
In this talk we describe an experiment comparing the performance of a traditional satellite communications system and a microwave photonics-based equivalent system, in which many of the signal processing functions are performed using photonic techniques. We demonstrate significant performance improvements that enable the use of higher-order modulation formats, and show operation over a wide range of frequencies.

Photonics for electronic support measures

Antonella Bogoni, Interuniversity National Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT), Pisa, Italy

The potential of photonics for electronic support measures will be overviewed. In particular the first photonics-based 0-40 GHz RF scanner module prototype will be presented that provides state of the art performance with reduced size, weight and power consumption. Moreover preliminary results of a photonics-based jammer with an extended frequency flexibility in the whole 0-40 GHz range will be introduced and discussed.


New trends in photonics for radar, E.W and lidar systems

D.Dolfi, L. Morvan, V. Crozatier, O. Lelièvre, G. Baili, P. Berger, J. Bourderionnet, A. de Rossi, S. Combrié, I. Ghorbel, P. Feneyrou, A. Martin, L. Leviandier, P. Nouchi, A. Brignon, Thales Research &Technology-France

Photonics appears asa disruptive technology for multifunction radar systems, electronic warfare systems and for electro-optic systems. All of these systems benefit from the wide frequency bandwidth offered by photonic architectures providing functions such as waveform generation, adaptive filtering, high speed sampling, coherent mixing, spectrum analysis,…We will review, through examples of implementation, these advanced capabilities and the impact of integrated photonic circuits on improved performances.







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