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Novel germanium photodetectors fabricated with a diffused junction
Author(s): Charles B. Morrison; Rengarajan Sudharsanan; Moran Haddad; Joseph C. Boisvert; Dmitri D. Krut; Richard R. King; Nasser H. Karam
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Paper Abstract

Germanium (Ge) photodetectors are fabricated by growing epitaxial III-V compounds on Ge substrates and by in-situ formation of the PN junction by MOVPE. After material growth, Ge photodetectors are mesa-etched using conventional optoelectronic device processing techniques. By varying the Ge substrate resistivity and the device area, Ge photodetector properties such as reverse leakage current, capacitance, and shunt resistance have been engineered. Such devices have demonstrated leakage currents below 50(mu) A/cm2 at -0.1 V bias. For optoelectronic applications that require high temperature operation, high shunt resistance detectors exhibit leakage currents below (mu) A/cm2 at 80 degree(s)C. Low capacitance devices have measured as little as 275 pF at 0V bias for a 1 mm diameter detector. High shunt resistance devices are a low cost alternative to conventional InGaAs photodiodes in applications such as laser monitor diodes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4650, Photodetector Materials and Devices VII, (21 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.467672
Show Author Affiliations
Charles B. Morrison, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Rengarajan Sudharsanan, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Moran Haddad, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Joseph C. Boisvert, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Dmitri D. Krut, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Richard R. King, Spectrolab, Inc. (United States)
Nasser H. Karam, SpectroLab, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4650:
Photodetector Materials and Devices VII
Gail J. Brown; Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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