The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

San Diego Convention Center,
San Diego, California, USA

SC160 - Microwave Photonics

Monday, 20 March
13:30 - 17:30

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner


Vince Urick;  DARPA, USA

Short Course Description:

The field of microwave photonics, sometimes termed RF photonics or analog photonics, has a long history and continues to expand despite the advances in digital electronics and optics.  The Microwave Photonics Short Course has been revised and updated to keep pace with the accelerating associated topics.  The course is organized into two parts; fundamentals are covered in the first section before moving on to applications of the technology.  In Part I basic concepts such as microwave performance metrics, sources of noise and distortion in analog photonics, and modulation/demodulation techniques are covered.  The applications analyzed in Part II include links, delay line signal processing, phased arrays, frequency translation, microwave generation, and conversion between analog and digital signals.  A thorough and current bibliography is provided throughout, promoting continued research by students in the exciting field of microwave photonics.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable you to:

  • Analyze microwave photonic components, subsystems and systems.

  • Discuss, relate and contrast analog and digital fiber optics.

  • Design optical systems for microwave applications.

  • Identify microwave systems which may benefit from utilizing analog optics.


Short Course Audience:

The course attendee should have a basic understanding of lasers, photodetectors, and fiber optics.  A bachelor’s degree in physics or electrical engineering, or an equivalent level of experience, is prerequisite.

Instructor Biography:

Vincent J. Urick received the B.S. degree in physics from Bloomsburg University and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from George Mason University.  His doctoral dissertation was on long-haul analog photonics.  He conducted research and development of analog photonic systems and subsystems at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC for 15 years, where he headed the Applied RF Photonics Section.  In 2016, Dr. Urick began working as a program manager at the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency where he manages a portfolio of programs focused on technology transition.  He has worked in many aspects of the microwave photonics field, including fundamental research, components, radio-over-fiber subsystems, radio astronomy subsystems, and military systems.  Dr. Urick has published over 125 works in the field, most notably his book “Fundamentals of Microwave Photonics” (Wiley 2015).

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