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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 15 — Jul. 20, 2009
  • pp: 12641–12649

Frequency response and bandwidth enhancement in Ge/Si avalanche photodiodes with over 840GHz gain-bandwidth-product

Wissem Sfar Zaoui, Hui-Wen Chen, John E. Bowers, Yimin Kang, Mike Morse, Mario J. Paniccia, Alexandre Pauchard, and Joe C. Campbell  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 15, pp. 12641-12649 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.012641


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Abstract

In this work we report a separate-absorption-charge-multiplication Ge/Si avalanche photodiode with an enhanced gain-bandwidth-product of 845GHz at a wavelength of 1310nm. The corresponding gain value is 65 and the electrical bandwidth is 13GHz at an optical input power of −30dBm. The unconventional high gain-bandwidth-product is investigated using device physical simulation and optical pulse response measurement. The analysis of the electric field distribution, electron and hole concentration and drift velocities in the device shows that the enhanced gain-bandwidth-product at high bias voltages is due to a decrease of the transit time and avalanche build-up time limitation at high fields.

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OCIS Codes
(040.0040) Detectors : Detectors
(040.1345) Detectors : Avalanche photodiodes (APDs)

ToC Category:
Detectors

History
Original Manuscript: May 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2009
Published: July 20, 2009

Citation
Wissem Sfar Zaoui, Hui-Wen Chen, John E. Bowers, Yimin Kang, Mike Morse, Mario J. Paniccia, Alexandre Pauchard, and Joe C. Campbell, "Frequency response and bandwidth enhancement in Ge/Si avalanche photodiodes with over 840GHz gain-bandwidth-product," Opt. Express 17, 12641-12649 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-17-15-12641


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