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Long Wavelength Photodetectors: Performance And Reliability
Author(s): J. N. Hollenhorst; O. G. Lorimor; L. Marchut
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Paper Abstract

An impressive technology now exists for the fabrication of photodetectors based on InGaAsP/InP heteroepitaxy. Excellent performance is obtained over the range from 1.0 pm to 1.7 gm, making these devices ideal for optical fiber communication applications. In this paper, we will review the state-of-the-art of InP based photodetectors with emphasis on their reliability. We will discuss some of the known failure mechanisms and describe measures taken to eliminate them. We will show results of reliability experiments performed in our laboratories on photodetectors. These devices have demonstrated extrapolated failure rates below 1 FIT and are now used in submarine cable systems and other applications with demanding reliability requirements.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1174, Fiber Optics Reliability: Benign and Adverse Environments III, (15 January 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.963232
Show Author Affiliations
J. N. Hollenhorst, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)
O. G. Lorimor, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)
L. Marchut, AT&T Bell Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1174:
Fiber Optics Reliability: Benign and Adverse Environments III
Roger A. Greenwell; Dilip K. Paul, Editor(s)

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