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p-i-n germanium photodetectors integrated on silicon substrates
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Paper Abstract

We report on the integration of Ge p-i-n heterojunction photodiodes on Si substrates. The crucial role of interface defects at the Ge/Si interface on the performance of photodetectors is analyzed and taken into account in the design of the devices. We have designed and fabricated high performance p-i-n Ge photodiodes for the near infrared. Pure Ge is grown by ultra-high-vacuum CVD followed by a cyclic thermal annealing and ion implantation. Devices are fabricated using standard photolithography. The photodiodes exhibit maximum responsivity of 0.8 A/W at 1.3 micrometers and 0.7 A/W at 1.55 micrometers , reverse dark currents in the 20 mA/cm2 range at 1V and response times as short as 520 ps. Our devices are the first p-i-n Ge on Si photodetectors fabricated by CVD and exhibit high performances for a wide range of applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4293, Silicon-based and Hybrid Optoelectronics III, (18 May 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.426930
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Lorenzo Colace, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Gianlorenzo Masini, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Gaetano Assanto, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Hsin-Chiao Luan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Lionel C. Kimerling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4293:
Silicon-based and Hybrid Optoelectronics III
David J. Robbins; John Alfred Trezza; Ghassan E. Jabbour, Editor(s)

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