Single-shot sub-Nyquist RF signal reconstruction based on deep learning network

Real-time detection of high-frequency RF signals requires sophisticated hardware with large bandwidth and high sampling rates. Existing microwave photonic methods have enabled sub-Nyquist sampling for bandwidth-efficient RF signal detection but fall short in single-shot reconstruction. Here we report a novel single-shot sub-Nyquist RF signal detection method based on a trained deep neural network. In a proof-of-concept demonstration, our system successfully reconstructs high frequency multi-toned RF signals from 5x down-sampled singleshot measurements by utilizing a deep convolutional neural network. The presented approach is a powerful digital accelerator to existing hardware detectors to significantly enhance the detection capability.