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Design and analysis of separate-absorption-transport-charge-multiplication traveling-wave avalanche photodetectors

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3 Author(s)
Jin-Wei Shi ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Central Univ., Taoyuan, Taiwan ; Yin-Hsin Liu ; Chee-Wee Liu

This paper proposes a novel type of avalanche photodiode-the separate-absorption-transport-charge-multiplication (SATCM) avalanche photodiode (APD). The novel design of photoabsorption and multiplication layers of APDs can avoid the photoabsorption layer breakdown and hole-transport problems, exhibit low operation voltage, and achieve ultra-high-gain bandwidth product performances. To achieve low excess noise and ultra-high-speed performance in the fiber communication regime (1.3∼1.55 μm), the simulated APD is Si-based with an SiGe-Si superlattice (SL) as the photoabsorption layer and traveling-wave geometric structures. The frequency response is simulated by means of a photo-distributed current model, which includes all the bandwidth-limiting factors, such as the dispersion of microwave propagation loss, velocity mismatch, boundary reflection, and multiplication/transport of photogenerated carriers. By properly choosing the thicknesses of the transport and multiplication layers, microwave propagation effects in the traveling-wave structure can be minimized without increasing the operation voltage significantly. A near 30-Gb/s electrical bandwidth and 10× avalanche gain can be achieved simultaneously, even with a long device absorption length (150 μm) and low operation voltage (∼12 V). In addition, the ultrahigh output saturation power bandwidth product of this simulated TWAPD structure can also be expected due to the large photoabsorption volume and superior microwave-guiding structure.

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Journal of Lightwave Technology  (Volume:22 ,  Issue: 6 )