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Five-volt vertically-stacked, single-cell GaAs photonic power converter
Author(s): Christopher E. Valdivia; Matthew M. Wilkins; Boussairi Bouzazi; Abdelatif Jaouad; Vincent Aimez; Richard Arès; Denis P. Masson; Simon Fafard; Karin Hinzer
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Paper Abstract

The high-efficiency conversion of photonic power into electrical power is of broad-range applicability to many industries due to its electrical isolation from the surrounding environment and immunity to electromagnetic interference which affects the performance and reliability of sensitive electronics. A photonic power converter, or phototransducer, can absorb several watts of infrared laser power transmitted through a multimode fiber and convert this to electrical power for remote use. To convert this power into a useful voltage, we have designed, simulated, and fabricated a photovoltaic phototransducer that generates >5 V using a monolithic, lattice-matched, vertically-stacked, single-cell device that eliminates complex fabrication and assembly steps. Experimental measurements have demonstrated a conversion efficiency of up to 60.1% under illumination of ~11 W/cm2 at a wavelength of 835 nm, while simulations indicate that efficiencies reaching 70% should be realistically achievable using this novel design.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 March 2015
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9358, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices IV, 93580E (16 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079824
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher E. Valdivia, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Matthew M. Wilkins, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Boussairi Bouzazi, Univ. de Sherbrooke (Canada)
Abdelatif Jaouad, Univ. de Sherbrooke (Canada)
Vincent Aimez, Univ. de Sherbrooke (Canada)
Richard Arès, Univ. de Sherbrooke (Canada)
Denis P. Masson, Azastra Opto Inc. (Canada)
Simon Fafard, Azastra Opto Inc. (Canada)
Univ. de Sherbrooke (Canada)
Karin Hinzer, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9358:
Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices IV
Alexandre Freundlich; Jean-François Guillemoles; Masakazu Sugiyama, Editor(s)

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