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Journal of Lightwave Technology

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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2007
  • pp: 109–121

Recent Advances in Telecommunications Avalanche Photodiodes

Joe C. Campbell

Journal of Lightwave Technology, Vol. 25, Issue 1, pp. 109-121 (2007)


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Abstract

For high-bit-rate long-haul fiber optic communications, the avalanche photodiode (APD) is frequently the photodetector of choice owing to its internal gain, which provides a sensitivity margin relative to PIN photodiodes. APDs can achieve 5–10-dB better sensitivity than PINs, provided that the multiplication noise is low and the gain-bandwidth product is sufficiently high. In the past decade, the performance of APDs for optical fiber communication systems has improved as a result of improvements in materials and the development of advanced device structures. This paper presents a brief review of APD fundamentals and describes some of the significant advances.

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Joe C. Campbell, "Recent Advances in Telecommunications Avalanche Photodiodes," J. Lightwave Technol. 25, 109-121 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/jlt/abstract.cfm?URI=jlt-25-1-109

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