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Design and fabrication of GaAs OMIST photodetector
Author(s): Xuejun Kang; ShiMing Lin; Qiwei Liao; Junhua Gao; Shi'an Liu; Peng Cheng; Hongjie Wang; Chunhui Zhang; Qiming Wang
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Paper Abstract

We designed and fabricated GaAs OMIST (Optical-controlled Metal-Insulator-Semiconductor Thyristor) device. Using oxidation of AlAs layer that is grown by MBE forms the Ultra- Thin semi-Insulating layer (UTI) of the GAAS OMIST. The accurate control and formation of high quality semi-insulating layer (AlxOy) are the key processes for fabricating GaAs OMIST. The device exhibits a current-controlled negative resistance region in its I-V characteristics. When illuminated, the major effect of optical excitation is the reduction of the switching voltage. If the GaAs OMIST device is biased at a voltage below its dark switching voltage Vs, sufficient incident light can switch OMIST from high impedance low current 'off' state to low impedance high current 'on' state. The absorbing material of OMIST is GaAS, so if the wavelength of incident light within 600 to approximately 850 nm can be detected effectively. It is suitable to be used as photodetector for digital optical data process. The other attractive features of GaAs OMIST device include suitable conducted current, switching voltage and power levels for OEIC, high switch speed and high sensitivity to light or current injection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 1998
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 3551, Integrated Optoelectronics II, (12 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.317997
Show Author Affiliations
Xuejun Kang, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
ShiMing Lin, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Qiwei Liao, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Junhua Gao, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Shi'an Liu, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Peng Cheng, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Hongjie Wang, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Chunhui Zhang, Institute of Semiconductors (China)
Qiming Wang, Institute of Semiconductors (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3551:
Integrated Optoelectronics II
BingKun Zhou; Ray T. Chen, Editor(s)

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