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Integrated dielectric wavelength filters on InGaAs PIN photodetectors

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4 Author(s)
Learmouth, M.D. ; British Telecom Res. Lab., Martlesham Heath, Ipswich, UK ; Hewett, N.P. ; Reid, I. ; Robertson, M.J.

There is an increasing desire to employ wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) techniques in optical communication systems to increase the useable capacity of optical fibre links. WDM transmitters usually consist of several narrow linewidth lasers, with their operating wavelengths suitably spaced. WDM demultiplexers or receivers employ either discrete gratings or discrete transmission filters to separate the various wavelengths. The disadvantage of such demultiplexers is that precise mechanical alignment of the many components is required. Together with the high cost of components such as gratings this makes such demultiplexers unsuitable for mass production. The authors describe a method of producing a dielectric wavelength filter integrated onto an InGaAs PIN photodiode for use in WDM systems and give results for the transmission characteristics of the filters and quantum efficiency of the whole structure.

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Electronics Letters  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 9 )