Optical power monitors in Ge monolithically integrated on SOI chips
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Scientific › peer-review
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2011|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
We report on the fabrication and operation of optical power monitors monolithically integrated on silicon-on-insulator optical chips. The devices consist of near-infrared waveguide pn heterojunction photodiodes in evaporated germanium. The low temperature growth of Ge is compatible with silicon waveguide technology. The photodetectors exhibit typical responsivities of 10-30 mA/W; the power monitors are used with front-end trans-impedance amplifiers based on commercially available operational amplifiers and can operate with optical signals as small as 10 nW, with errors below 0.2% and 2% at 1 and 0.1 μW, respectively.