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Optically activated switching in a ZnS/CdTe heterostructure for high-power frozen-wave generation
Author(s): Eric Donkor; Alain Andriamasy
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Paper Abstract

The design of an integrated monolithic microwave and photonic frozen-wave generator is described. The photonic circuit consist mainly of a number of semiconductor photoconductive switches, actuated by picosecond laser pulses. A pig-tail fiber optic cable bonded to the switches helps to direct the laser pulses to their desired locations. Each switch can hold 10kV, with an on-resistance of less than 1ohm and has a rise time of 50 picoseconds. The switches are designed as ZnS/CdTe double heterostructure photoconductive devices on a semi-insulating CdTe substrate. The microwave circuit components are also designed on the same substrate thereby allowing for monolithic integration of the microwave and photonic circuits. The microwave subsystem uses mainly lumped components and it is designed to support the propagation of transverse electromagnetic (TEM) waves at 20GHz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 December 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1703, Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VI and Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas III, (2 December 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138390
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Eric Donkor, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Alain Andriamasy, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1703:
Optical Technology for Microwave Applications VI and Optoelectronic Signal Processing for Phased-Array Antennas III
Shi-Kay Yao; Brian M. Hendrickson, Editor(s)

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