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Double mushroom 1.55-μm waveguide photodetectors for integrated E-band (60-90 GHz) wireless transmitter modules
Author(s): Vitaly Rymanov; Tolga Tekin; Andreas Stöhr
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Paper Abstract

High data rate photonic wireless systems operating at millimeter wave carrier frequencies are considered as a disruptive technology e.g. for reach extension in optical access networks and for mobile backhauling. Recently, we demonstrated 60 GHz photonic wireless systems with record data rates up to 27 Gbit/s. Because of the oxygen absorption at 60 GHz, it is beneficial for fixed wireless systems with spans exceeding 1 km to operate at even higher frequencies. Here, the recently regulated 10 GHz bandwidth within the E-band (60-90 GHz) is of particular interest, covering the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz allocations for multi-gigabit wireless transmission. For this purpose, wideband waveguide photodetectors with high external quantum efficiency are required. Here, we report on double mushroom 1.55 μm waveguide photodetectors for integration in an E-band wireless transmitter module. The developed photodetector consists of a partially p-doped, partly non-intentionally doped absorbing layer centered in a mushroom-type optical waveguide, overcoming the compromise between the junction capacitance and the series resistance. For efficient fiber-chip coupling, a second mushroom-type passive optical waveguide is used. In contrast to the conventional shallow ridge waveguide approach, the mushroom-type passive waveguide allows to shift the center of the optical mode further away from the top surface, thus reducing waveguide losses due to the surface roughness. Experimentally, a very flat frequency response with a deviation up to ±1 dB in the entire E-band has been found together with an output power level of -15.7 dBm at 10 mA photocurrent and at a frequency of 73 GHz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8259, RF and Millimeter-Wave Photonics II, 82590E (28 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.908767
Show Author Affiliations
Vitaly Rymanov, Univ. Duisburg-Essen (Germany)
Tolga Tekin, Technische Univ. Berlin (Germany)
Andreas Stöhr, Univ. Duisburg-Essen (Germany)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8259:
RF and Millimeter-Wave Photonics II
Robert L. Nelson; Dennis W. Prather; Chris Schuetz; Garrett J. Schneider, Editor(s)

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