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Excess noise characteristics of single heterojunction AlxGa1-xAs-GaAs avalanche photodiodes
Author(s): Christopher Groves; John Paul Raj David; Peter N. Robson; Graham J. Rees
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Paper Abstract

A simple Monte Carlo model is used to simulate excess noise characteristics of a range of Al0.6Ga0.4As - GaAs single heterojunction APDs in which the heterojunction is located at varying positions within the avalanche region. Excess noise is shown to depend critically upon the length of Al0.6Ga0.4As layer. The present results suggest that to achieve the lowest noise the Al0.6Ga0.4As layer must be sufficiently long to allow primary electrons to heat up and able to ionize as soon as they cross into the GaAs, but not so long as to allow significant hole ionization in the Al0.6Ga0.4As layer, which leads to noisy feedback processes. The excess noise characteristics of a range of AlxGa1-xAs - GaAs (x = 0.3, 0.45 and 0.6) single heterojunction APDs are measured experimentally. The excess noise is shown to increase with x, which is explained in terms of an increase in the hole ionization coefficient leading to increased noisy feedback chains.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5451, Integrated Optics and Photonic Integrated Circuits, (18 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.544872
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Christopher Groves, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
John Paul Raj David, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Peter N. Robson, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Graham J. Rees, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5451:
Integrated Optics and Photonic Integrated Circuits
Giancarlo C. Righini; Seppo Honkanen, Editor(s)

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