Semipolar (20_2_1) InGaN/GaN micro-photodetector for gigabit-per-second visible light communication

Chun Hong Kang, Guangyu Liu, Changmin Lee, Omar Alkhazragi, Jonathan M. Wagstaff, Kuang-Hui Li, Fatimah Alhawaj, Tien Khee Ng, James S. Speck, Shuji Nakamura, Steven P. DenBaars, Boon S. Ooi

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This paper investigated the use of semipolar InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well based micro-photodetectors (μPDs) as the optical receiver for visible light communication (VLC). The fabricated semipolar μPDs exhibited a low dark current of 1.6 pA at −10 V, a responsivity of 0.191 A W−1, and a −3 dB modulation bandwidth of 347 MHz. A high data rate of up to 1.55 Gbit s−1 was achievable by utilizing the extended bandwidth of more than −10 dB, and based on a straight-forward non-return-to-zero on–off keying modulation scheme. This development demonstrated the feasibility of wavelength-selective detection scheme using semipolar μPD for high-data-capacity VLC systems.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)014001
JournalApplied Physics Express
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 19 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): BAS/1/1614-01-01, GEN/1/6607-01-01, KCR/1/2081-01-01, REP/1/2878-01-01
Acknowledgements: This work was supported by funding from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), BAS/1/1614-01-01, KCR/1/2081-01-01, GEN/1/6607-01-01, and KAUST-KFUPM Special Initiative, REP/1/2878-01-01. The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial support
from the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Grant No. KACST TIC R2-FP-008. The work at UCSB was supported by the KACSTKAUST-UCSB Solid State Lighting Program and by the Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center (SSLEEC).


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