Semiconductor device as optical demultiplexer for short range optical communications

Paula Louro, M. Vieira, M. Fernandes, M. Vieira, João Costa, Alessandro Fantoni

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In this paper we present results on the use of a multilayered a-SiC:H heterostructure as a wavelength-division demultiplexing device for the visible light spectrum. The proposed device is composed of two stacked p-i-n photodiodes with intrinsic absorber regions adjusted to short and long wavelength absorption and carrier collection. An optoelectronic characterisation of the device was performed in the visible spectrum. Demonstration of the device functionality for WDM applications was done with three different input channels covering the long, the medium and the short wavelengths in the visible range. The recovery of the input channels is explained using the photocurrent spectral dependence on the applied voltage. An electrical model of the WDM device is proposed and supported by the solution of the respective circuit equations. Short range optical communications constitute the major application field, however other applications are also foreseen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5318-5322
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011


  • Multilayered structures
  • Wavelength division multiplexer


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