Integrated demultiplexer and photodetector for short range transmission in the visible range

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We present results on the use of multilayered a-SiC:H heterostructures as an integrated device for simultaneous measurement and wavelength-division demultiplexing of optical signals. These devices are useful in optical communications applications that use the wavelength division multiplexing technique to encode multiple signals into the same transmission medium. The device is composed of two stacked p-i-n photodiodes, both optimized for the selective collection of the photo generated carriers. Band gap engineering was used to adjust the photogeneration and recombination rates profiles of the intrinsic absorber regions of each photodiode to short and long wavelength absorption and carrier collection in the visible spectrum. The generated photocurrent signal was analyzed at reverse and forward bias and under steady state illumination. A demux algorithm based on the voltage controlled sensitivity of the device was proposed and tested. An electrical model of the WDM device is presented and supported by the solution of the respective circuit equations. Short range optical communications constitute the major application field.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)919-923
Journalphysica status solidi (c)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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