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Cultural interference [microwave bytes]

Cripps, Steve C. 2021. Cultural interference [microwave bytes]. IEEE Microwave Magazine 22 (1) , pp. 12-98. 10.1109/MMM.2020.3027941

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Abstract

Examines what the author contends are the "cultural differences" most frequently noted between digital and RF electronics. I have recently encountered another cultural conflict in the technological zone of optical communications— more specifically, the process of “detecting” an optical signal to obtain a microwave output. This is a world where the “RF” is light, and “intermediate frequency” (IF) is gigahertz. Despite having the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum chart and Maxwell‘s equations rammed down my throat from a relatively early age, I have always been fascinated by the “gap” that exists between where microwaves give way to light waves. It is an enormous gap, an unexplored EM ocean, comprising maybe about five orders of magnitude of wavelength.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
ISSN: 1527-3342
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2021 11:30
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/137330

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