Laser-induced damage studies have been carried out on single-crystal silicon and silicon-based photo-detectors, FND 100 P-I-N photodiodes, and C30954E avalanche photodiodes as a function of repetition frequency for a 1064-nm wavelength. It has been observed that the damage threshold decreases significantly when the samples are irradiated with a large number of pulses. However, this effect is evident only when the repetition frequency is greater than 1 Hz. The results are discussed in light of various existing theories.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 25, 1995
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 1996
Published: December 20, 1996
V. K. Arora and A. L. Dawar, "Laser-induced damage studies in silicon and silicon-based photodetectors," Appl. Opt. 35, 7061-7065 (1996)