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High-Speed Normal-Incidence p-i-n InGaAs Photodetectors Grown on Silicon Substrates by MOCVD

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7 Author(s)
Yan Gao ; Dept. of Electron. & Comput. Eng., Hong Kong Univ. of Sci. & Technol., Kowloon, China ; Zhenyu Zhong ; Shaoqi Feng ; Yu Geng
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High-speed normal-incidence p-i-n InGaAs photodetectors epitaxially grown on silicon substrates by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition has been demonstrated. The InGaAs active layer lattice-matched to InP was successfully grown on Si substrates employing metamorphic growth of InP and GaAs buffers with a two-step growth technique, in addition to cyclic thermal annealing and strain-balancing layer stacks. Circular devices with diameters ranging from 20 to 60 μm were fabricated. Dark current diminished and 3-dB bandwidth increased with a reduction of the device area. A dark current of 0.2 μA and a responsivity of 0.5 A/W at 1550 nm were measured at -1 V for a device 20 μm in diameter. This device exhibited an optical 3-dB bandwidth of 10 GHz at -5 V. An open eye diagram at 10 Gb/s at a low reverse bias of 1 V was also demonstrated.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 4 )