VIS/NIR wavelength selector based on a multilayer pi'n/pin a-SiC: H optical filter

M. A. Vieira, M. A. Vieira, V. Silva, Paula Louro, Isabel Cabrita Rodrigues, Alessandro Fantoni

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In this paper, we present a tandem visible/nearinfrared (VIS/NIR) wavelength selector based on a multilayer a-SiC:H optical filter that requires appropriate near-ultraviolet steady states optical switches to select the desired wavelengths in the VIS/NIR ranges. Spectral response measurements are presented and show the feasibility of tailoring the wavelength and bandwidth of a polychromatic mixture of different wavelengths. The selector filter is realized by using a two terminal double pi'n/pin a-SiC:H photodetector. Five visible/infrared communication channels are transmitted together, each one with a specific bit sequence. The combined optical signal is analysed by reading out the photocurrent, under near-UV steady state background. Results show that the background side and intensity works as a selector in the infrared/visible regions, shifting the sensor sensitivity. This nonlinearity allows the identification and decoding of the different input channels in the visible/infrared ranges. This concept is extended to implement a 1 by 5 wavelength division multiplexer with channel separation in the VIS/NIR range and a transmission capability of 30 Kbps. The relationship between the optical inputs and the output signal is established and an algorithm to decode the Multiplexed (MUX) signal presented. An optoeletronic model gives insight on the system physics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1387-1392
Number of pages6
JournalPhysica Status Solidi (C) Current Topics In Solid State Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • Amorphous SiC tandem devices
  • Integrated optical filter
  • Spectral sensitivity
  • Visible/IR communications


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