Passive Phase Noise Cancellation Scheme

We introduce a new method for reducing phase noise in oscillators, thereby improving their frequency precision. The noise reduction is realized by a passive device consisting of a pair of coupled nonlinear resonating elements that are driven parametrically by the output of a conventional oscillator at a frequency close to the sum of the linear mode frequencies. Above the threshold for parametric instability, the coupled resonators exhibit self-oscillations which arise as a response to the parametric driving, rather than by application of active feedback. We find operating points of the device for which this periodic signal is immune to frequency noise in the driving oscillator, providing a way to clean its phase noise. We present results for the effect of thermal noise to advance a broader understanding of the overall noise sensitivity and the fundamental operating limits.

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Physical Review Letters, 108, 26, 264102
American Physical Society
Kenig, E CALTECH, Kavli Nanosci Inst, MC 149-33, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA CALTECH, Kavli Nanosci Inst, MC 149-33, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA CALTECH, Kavli Nanosci Inst, Pasadena, CA 91125 USA Tel Aviv Univ, Raymond & Beverly Sackler Sch Phys & Astron, IL-69978 Tel Aviv, Israel, 965QJ, Times Cited:0, Cited References Count:24

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