Optical processing devices based on multilayered a-SiC: H p-i-n structures for short range optical communications

P. Louro, M. A. Vieira, M. Vieira, J. Costa, M. Fernandes

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Abstract

In this paper, we present results on the use of a multilayered a-SiC:H heterostructure as a wavelengthdivision demultiplexing device (WDM) for the visible light spectrum. The WDM device is a glass/ITO/a-SiC:H (p-i-n)/ a-SiC:H(-p) /Si:H(-i)/SiC:H (-n)/ITO heterostructure in which the generated photocurrent at different values of the applied bias can be assigned to the different optical signals. The device was characterized through spectral response measurements, under different electrical bias. Demonstration of the device functionality for WDM applications was done with three different input channels covering wavelengths within the visible range. The recovery of the input channels is explained using the photocurrent spectral dependence on the applied voltage. The influence of the optical power density was also analyzed. An electrical model, supported by a numerical simulation explains the device operation. Short range optical communications constitute the major application field; however other applications are also foreseen, like optical signal amplification or sensing as the information of each input channel can be assigned to a measurement signal.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010
Pages146-150
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010 - Venice, Italy
Duration: 18 Jul 201025 Jul 2010

Conference

Conference1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010
CountryItaly
CityVenice
Period18/07/1025/07/10

Keywords

  • Optical communications
  • Optical sensors
  • Wavelength division multiplexing-demultiplexing
  • Electrical models
  • Heterostructures
  • a-SiC:H
  • Application fields
  • Applied bias
  • Applied voltages
  • Device functionality
  • Device operations
  • Electrical bias

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    Louro, P., Vieira, M. A., Vieira, M., Costa, J., & Fernandes, M. (2010). Optical processing devices based on multilayered a-SiC: H p-i-n structures for short range optical communications. In Proceedings - 1st International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications, SENSORDEVICES 2010 (pp. 146-150). [5632126] https://doi.org/10.1109/SENSORDEVICES.2010.34