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Lattice-engineered MBE growth of high-indium-mole-fraction InGaAs for low-cost MMICs and 1.3- to 1.55-um OEICs
Author(s): Timothy T. Childs; Vladimir Sokolov; Charles T. Sullivan
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Paper Abstract

Using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) and lattice engineering techniques, the feasibility of combining photonic devices applicable to the 1.3 to 1.55 micrometers wavelength range and monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) on GaAs is demonstrated. A key factor in the MBE growth is incorporation of an InGaAs active layer having an indium arsenide mole fraction of 0.35 or greater and its lattice compatibility with the underlying semi-insulating GaAs substrate. The InGaAs layer used for the photonic devices, can also serve as the active channel for the high electron mobility transistors for application in MMICs. Several examples of active and passive photonic devices grown by MBE are presented including an optical ridge waveguide, and a photodetector for detection of light in the 1.3 $mUm range. The material structure includes a 3-layer AlGaAs/GaAs/AlGaAs optical waveguide and a thin InGaAs absorbing layer situated directly above the optical waveguide. Metal-semiconductor- metal (MSM) photodetectors are formed on the top surface of the InGaAs layer for collection of the photo-induced carriers. The optical ridge waveguide is designed for lateral incidence of the light to enhance the MSM photodetector responsivity. Initial measurements on the optical waveguide and photodetector are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3234, Design and Manufacturing of WDM Devices, (1 February 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.300927
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy T. Childs, TLC Precision Wafer Technology, Inc. (United States)
Vladimir Sokolov, TLC Precision Wafer Technology, Inc. (United States)
Charles T. Sullivan, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3234:
Design and Manufacturing of WDM Devices
Ray T. Chen; Louis S. Lome, Editor(s)

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