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High-power InGaAs/InP MUTC photodetector modules for RF photonics links and ROF
Author(s): Steven Estrella; Kenneth Hay; Jenna Campbell; Brian Maertz; Quinglong Li; Keye Sun; Andreas Beling; Leif Johansson; Daniel Renner; Milan Mashanovitch
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Paper Abstract

High-performance photodetectors (HPPDs), with high output power and bandwidth, are needed for RF photonics links. Applications for these HPPDs range from high-power remote antennas, low-duty-cycle RF pulse generation, linear photonic links, high dynamic range optical systems, and radio-over-fiber (ROF). Freedom Photonics is a manufacturer of high-power photodetectors (HPPD) for the 1480 to 1620nm wavelength range, now being offered commercially. In 2016, Freedom has developed a HPPD for similar applications extending into the V-band. The basic device structure used for these photodetectors can achieve over 100-GHz bandwidths with slight variations. This work shows data for RF power and bandwidth performance for various size photodiodes, between 10 μm and 28 μm in diameter. Measurement data will be presented, which were collected at both assembly level and for fully packaged detectors. For detector devices with bandwidth performance over 50 GHz, the generated RF power achieved is expected to be over 15 dBm. This performance is exceptional considering the photodiode is fully integrated into a hermetic package designed for 65 GHz. Improvements in the coplanar waveguide (CPW) transmission line and flip-chip bonding design were integral in achieving the higher saturation at the higher bandwidth performance. Further development is required to achieve a >100 GHz packaged photodetector module.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 January 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10128, Broadband Access Communication Technologies XI, 101280M (28 January 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253346
Show Author Affiliations
Steven Estrella, Freedom Photonics, LLC (United States)
Kenneth Hay, Freedom Photonics, LLC (United States)
Jenna Campbell, Freedom Photonics, LLC (United States)
Brian Maertz, Freedom Photonics, LLC (United States)
Quinglong Li, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Keye Sun, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Andreas Beling, Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Leif Johansson, Freedom Photonics, LLC (United States)
Daniel Renner, Freedom Photonics, LLC (United States)
Milan Mashanovitch, Freedom Photonics, LLC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10128:
Broadband Access Communication Technologies XI
Benjamin B. Dingel; Katsutoshi Tsukamoto; Spiros Mikroulis, Editor(s)

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