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Angular and spectral selectivity of resonant cavity light emitting diodes used as resonant cavity photodetectors
Author(s): Mihail M. Dumitrescu; Emil-Mihai Pavelescu; Charis Reith; Tomi Leinonen; Mikko Suominen; Markus Pessa
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Paper Abstract

We have explored the operation of resonant cavity light-emitting diodes (RC-LEDs) used as resonant cavity photodetectors (RC-PDs). Our experiments were conducted using a variety of components, operating in diverse wavelength ranges and having different structural characteristics (different distributed Bragg reflector mirror reflectivities, different detuning, etc.). The measurements show a clear and systematic angular and spectral dependence of the RC-PD photodetected signal. The angular and spectral photosensitivity is derived not only from the quantum well absorption but largely from the microcavity enhancement factor and from the photodetection efficiency condition, which both are dependent on angle and wavelength. The detuning of the microcavity and the extension of the distributed Bragg reflector (DBR) stopband control the extension of the photosensitivity spectral window and the front/top DBR mirror reflectivity controls the angular wavelength selectivity. The fact that the RC-PDs' angular and spectral selectivity can be controlled by proper microcavity design, together with their high bandwidth, opens the possibility of using the same RC-PD device for detecting different WDM channels.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 September 2004
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5459, Optical Sensing, (1 September 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.545531
Show Author Affiliations
Mihail M. Dumitrescu, Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Emil-Mihai Pavelescu, Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Charis Reith, Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Tomi Leinonen, Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Mikko Suominen, Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)
Markus Pessa, Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5459:
Optical Sensing
Brian Culshaw; Anna Grazia Mignani; Rainer Riesenberg, Editor(s)

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