Flexible Elektronisch-Photonisch Integrierte Sensor Plattform II [EPIC-Sense II]
Flexible Electronic-Photonic Integrated Sensor Platform II [EPIC-Sense II]
(Third Party Funds Group – Sub project)
Title of the overall project: Electronic-Photonic Integrated Systems for Ultrafast Signal Processing
Project start: 01/09/2022
Funders: DFG / Schwerpunktprogramm (SPP)
This proposal aims to explore a scalable, two-stage electronic-photonic MIMO radar system in the millimeter-wave range. In phase I of SPP 2111, the coherent optical distribution of the local oscillator signal was already addressed as well as the broadband integration of an electronic-photonic FMCW radar front-end. The vision for Phase II of SPP 2111 is the extension of a monolithically integrated electronic-photonic FMCW radar system by a new frequency-division multiplexing approach, which is realized by a new additional optical data-bus transmitting a high data rate coding scheme. With the help of this additional coding, a large amount of coherent 2x2 radar modules can be differentiated, while concentrating the computationally intensive coding in a central node. Especially for the electro-optical interfaces, intensive research into new technologies of optical modulation methods and components is necessary in order to meet the challenging bandwidth requirements.
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