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Backside-incidence critically coupled Ge on SOI photodetector
Author(s): Yu-Hsuan Liu; Tsung-Ting Wu; Szu-Lin Cheng; Han-Din Liu; Chun-Chi Lin; Hui-Wen Chen; Ming-Chang M. Lee; Neil Na
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Paper Abstract

For present-day optical communication systems, the commonly used normal-incidence photodetectors suffer from the tradeoff between bandwidth and quantum efficiency. Such a tradeoff is especially adverse for long wavelength communication systems operating at higher data rates. For example, the maximum responsivity for a commercially available 25 Gbps photodetector operating at 1310 nm wavelength is limited to less than 0.8 A/W. In this work, we design and demonstrate a high-speed, backside-incidence, critically-coupled Ge on SOI photodetector operating at 1310 nm while maintaining a high quantum efficiency. Our device is fabricated with RPCVD epitaxy, i-line lithography, silicide contact, and Al metal wire, which are fully compatible with the state-of-art CMOS process technology. With our epitaxial scheme and surface passivation method, a low bulk (surface) dark current density of 13 mA/cm2 (0.79 μA/cm) is measured from a ~ 700 nm thick Ge p-i-n device at -1 V bias. The responsivity at 1310 nm wavelength is measured to be 0.87 A/W, and the 3dB optical bandwidth of a 20 μm diameter device is measured to be 26 GHz. Our high-speed, backside-incidence, critically-coupled Ge on SOI photodetector may serve as a high-performance and low-cost solution for next generation high-speed optical receivers, and its benefit of decoupling bandwidth and quantum efficiency is especially prominent at higher data rates such as 40 Gbps and beyond.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10100, Optical Components and Materials XIV, 101001X (16 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2251694
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Yu-Hsuan Liu, Artilux Inc. (Taiwan)
National Tsing-Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Tsung-Ting Wu, National Tsing-Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Szu-Lin Cheng, Artilux Inc. (Taiwan)
Han-Din Liu, Artilux Inc. (Taiwan)
Chun-Chi Lin, Artilux Inc. (Taiwan)
National Tsing-Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Hui-Wen Chen, Artilux Inc. (Taiwan)
Ming-Chang M. Lee, National Tsing Hua Univ. (Taiwan)
Neil Na, Artilux Inc. (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10100:
Optical Components and Materials XIV
Shibin Jiang; Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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