Broadband Radio-Frequency Signal Processing with Neuromorphic Photonics

Eric C. Blow, Thomas Ferreira de Lima, Hsuan Tung Peng, Weipeng Zhang, Chaoran Huang, Bhavin J. Shastri, Paul R. Prucnal

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Microwave photonics and neuromorphic photonics are two parallel research areas which have simultaneously emerged at the forefront of next generation processors. These fields, while initially independent, are naturally converging to a combined silicon photonic platform. An optical processing approach yields wide bandwidth, low latency, and dense interconnection. These photonic systems are capable of supporting applications previously unfeasible. Systems such as photonic cancellers, photonic blind source separation, photonic recurrent neural networks for RF fingerprinting, and photonic neural networks for nonlinear dispersion compensation. This paper will focus on the convergence of microwave photonics and neuromorphic photonics towards an RF optimized machine learning solution. Additionally, this paper investigated the RF noise performance of neuromorphic photonic front-end. The results indicated poor RF performances, leading to the proposal of a balanced linear front-end for noise figure reduction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAI and Optical Data Sciences III
EditorsBahram Jalali, Ken-ichi Kitayama
ISBN (Electronic)9781510649095
StatePublished - 2022
EventAI and Optical Data Sciences III 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Feb 20 2022Feb 24 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceAI and Optical Data Sciences III 2022
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


  • Balanced Weight Bank
  • Microwave Photonics
  • Neuromorphic Photonics
  • Noise Analysis


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