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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 16 — Aug. 3, 2009
  • pp: 14389–14394

Behaviors of the third order intercept point for p-i-n waveguide photodiodes

Meredith N. Draa, Jeffrey Bloch, David C. Scott, Nong Chen, Steven Bo Chen, William S. C. Chang, and Paul K. L. Yu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 16, pp. 14389-14394 (2009)

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Waveguide PIN photodiodes with different absorber thicknesses and lengths were fabricated and characterized for linearity. Device A has a thicker absorber and shorter length, resulting in a bandwidth of 20GHz while device B reduces the absorber by half while maintaining the intrinsic layer thickness and almost doubles the length, resulting in a smaller optical overlap factor and a bandwidth of 10GHz. Device B shows a significant enhancement in OIP3 with a record high maximum value for a PIN waveguide photodiode of 42.4dBm at 28mA and -4V bias compared to device A which has a maximum OIP3 of 32.7dBm at 10mA and -4V bias. The increased linearity in device B is attributed to the reduction in optical overlap factor and increase in device length resulting in an easing of the front facet photocurrent density and overall device heating. The DC saturation points are about 75mA and >160mA for device A and B at -2V bias.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(060.5625) Fiber optics and optical communications : Radio frequency photonics

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Original Manuscript: June 8, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 10, 2009
Published: July 31, 2009

Meredith N. Draa, Jeffrey Bloch, David C. Scott, Nong Chen, Steven B. Chen, William S. Chang, and Paul K. Yu, "Behaviors of the third order intercept point for p-i-n waveguide photodiodes," Opt. Express 17, 14389-14394 (2009)

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