Manipulating radio frequency (RF) signals in integrated photonic devices has recently emerged as a new paradigm for wireless communications, enabling high-frequency signal processing and broadband frequency agility in miniaturized photonic platforms. These advances are crucial for space and airborne applications which are weight and size sensitive. Recent progress in on-chip stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) using high gain has shown great potentials for RF photonic signal processing, owing to its inherent advantages of high resolution, high reconfigurability, and flexible programmability. On-chip SBS serves as a versatile and high-performance toolbox to process and manipulate the amplitude and phase of RF signals in the optical domain. In this paper, we provide a brief overview of recent advances achieved using SBS in planar waveguides, with a focus on applications requiring phase control of RF signals, including phase shifters, delay lines, and separate carrier tuning. We introduce a power-efficient scheme based on the concept of phase amplification to improve Brillouin-based phase processing capability.
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