Liquid crystal based tunable PIN-photodiodes for detection around 1.55-µm

Abstract : In this work, we report InGaAs based photodiodes integrating liquid crystal (LC) microcells resonant microcavity on their surface. The LC microcavities monolithically integrated on the photodiodes act as a wavelength selective filter for the device. Photodetection measurements performed with a tunable laser operating in the telecom S and C bands demonstrated a wavelength sweep for the photodiode from 1480 nm to 1560 nm limited by the tuning range of the laser. This spectral window is covered with a LC driving voltage of 7V only, corresponding to extremely low power consumption. The average sensitivity over the whole spectral range is 0.4 A/W, slightly lower than 0.6 A/W for similar photodiodes that do not integrate such a LC tunable filter. The quality of the filter integrated onto the surfaces of the photodiodes is constant over a large tuning range (70 nm), showing a FWHM of 1.5 nm.
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Christophe Levallois, Cyril Paranthoen, Benjamin Boisnard, Thierry Camps, Benattou Sadani, et al.. Liquid crystal based tunable PIN-photodiodes for detection around 1.55-µm. SPIE Optics+Photonics - Nanoscience+Engineering 2018, Aug 2018, San Diego, United States. pp.107290H, ⟨10.1117/12.2322138⟩. ⟨hal-01879173⟩

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