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Germanium Photodiodes - Temperature And Uniformity Effects
Author(s): Robert Rickenbach; Paul Wendland
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Paper Abstract

Longwave fiber optic systems require accurate power measurements in the spectral region from 1.0 to 1.6 microns. We have studied the characteristics of germanium photodiodes with the hope that these devices might achieve the accuracy, stability, and dynamic range in the longwave region that silicon photodiodes have achieved in the shortwave region.1'2 A natural concern is the effect of temperature on the performance of germanium photodiodes, since any long wavelength quantum photodetector, such as germanium, must necessarily have a small bandgap and thus a considerable and temperature variable number of thermally generated electron-hole pairs. Additionally, uniformity of response over the detector surface plays an important role in the accuracy of transfer calibrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 1985
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0559, Fiber Optics: Short-Haul and Long-Haul Measurements and Applications III, (19 November 1985); doi: 10.1117/12.949608
Show Author Affiliations
Robert Rickenbach, Photodyne Inc. (United States)
Paul Wendland, Photodyne Inc . (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0559:
Fiber Optics: Short-Haul and Long-Haul Measurements and Applications III
Robert L. Galawa, Editor(s)

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