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Noise characteristic of AlGaN-based solar-blind UV avalanche photodiodes
Author(s): C. Chang; J. T. Xu; X. Y. Li
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Paper Abstract

A particular system for excess noise of avalanche photodiode (APD) measurement was build. Then the signal-noise ratio at different reverse voltage and the noise spectrum are measured and analyzed on different devices. First, the noise measurement system was constructed to fulfill the requirement that a high DC voltage can be applied on, and the measurement system was carefully shielded to protect from disturbance of electromagnetic radiations. Than we measured the noise spectrums of separate absorption and multiplication (SAM) type solar-blind APDs. The noise spectrums of SAM APDs which have different dark current levels were also measured. The results show that the low-frequency noise is dominant across a wide frequency range. And as the dark current goes higher, shot noise and low-frequency noise go higher at the same time. And the low-frequency noise will also takes more proportion in the spectrum when dark current goes higher. On the other hand, noise measurements at different reverse voltage and in either UV illumination or dark show that the excess noise factor increase faster as the gain increase. This leads to a decrease of signal-noise ratio at very high gain. In order to get a higher signal-noise ratio, a proper high gain should be adopted, rather than a gain “higher and better”.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 April 2015
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9522, Selected Papers from Conferences of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee of the Chinese Society of Astronautics 2014, Part II, 952225 (13 April 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2180427
Show Author Affiliations
C. Chang, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
J. T. Xu, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)
X. Y. Li, Shanghai Institute of Technical Physics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9522:
Selected Papers from Conferences of the Photoelectronic Technology Committee of the Chinese Society of Astronautics 2014, Part II
Xiangwan Du; Jennifer Liu; Dianyuan Fan; Jialing Le; Yueguang Lv; Jianquan Yao; Weimin Bao; Lijun Wang, Editor(s)

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