An explanation is put forth for the observed nonlinearity in the red spectral region of the response of silicon photodiodes. Experiments are described to support the explanation; and the results, implications, and precautions indicated for the use of these diodes are given. Correlation of nonlinearity with spatial nonuniformity of response is demonstrated.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 27, 1982
Published: April 15, 1983
A. R. Schaefer, E. F. Zalewski, and Jon Geist, "Silicon detector nonlinearity and related effects," Appl. Opt. 22, 1232-1236 (1983)