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We present experimental results on the performance of antenna-integrated photodiodes intended for use as photomixers to provide a tunable broadband source of terahertz (THz) radiation. In a balanced strain-absorber structure, we show that the introduction of strain has proved effective in enhancing the performance at frequencies above 500 GHz. A comparison of strained and unstrained devices confirms this claim. These structures are integrated with a range of antennas, including log periodic and slot-horn types, designed for wideband THz emission. Using the devices as photomixers for the outputs from a DFB laser and an external cavity laser in the 1550 nm telecom window, tunable emission is demonstrated over the range from 100 GHz to 1.8 THz.
Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of (Volume:17 , Issue: 1 )
Date of Publication: Jan.-Feb. 2011