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Characteristics of MSM detectors for meander channel CCD imagers on GaAs
Author(s): Peter B. Kosel; Nercy Bozorgebrahimi; J. Iyer
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Paper Abstract

Metal-Semiconductor-Metal (MSM) photodetectors on semi-insulating gallium arsenide (SIGaAs) have found widespread application as front-end detectors in receivers for optical fiber communications. Their major attributes are (a) simplicity of design and construction, (b) high responsivity, and (c) high speed of response. In this paper the performance of MSM detectors at short wavelengths is examined and considerations are given for their use in GaAs charge-coupled-device (CCD) imagers. The simplicity of their structure allows MSM detectors to be easily integrated with two-phase meander channel CCD registers in GaAs for production of high speed light scanners. Test results show that GaAs MSM detectors have high sensitivity in the wavelength range from 200 to 800 nm and good linearity over three orders of magnitude variation of the incident intensity. These features make MSM detectors potential candidates for both linear and 2-D light scanners for ultraviolet (UV) spectrophotometry and astronomy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1991
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 1541, Infrared Sensors: Detectors, Electronics, and Signal Processing, (1 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49318
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Peter B. Kosel, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Nercy Bozorgebrahimi, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
J. Iyer, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1541:
Infrared Sensors: Detectors, Electronics, and Signal Processing
T. S. Jay Jayadev, Editor(s)

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