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The effects of nonlocal impact ionization on the speed of avalanche photodiodes

Hambleton, P.J., Ng, B.K., Plimmer, S.A., David, J.P.R. and Rees, G.J. (2003) The effects of nonlocal impact ionization on the speed of avalanche photodiodes. IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, 50 (2). pp. 347-351. ISSN 0018-9383


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The nonlocal enhancement in the velocities of charge carriers to ionization is shown to outweigh the opposing effects of dead space, increasing the avalanche speed of short avalanche photodiodes (APDs) over the predictions of a conventional local model which ignores both of these effects. The trends in the measured gain-bandwidth product of two short InAlAs APDs reported in the literature support this result. Relatively large speed benefits are predicted to result from further small reductions in the lengths of short multiplication regions.

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Keywords: avalanche photodiode (APD), bandwidth, dead space, frequency response, nonequilibrium, nonlocal, velocity enhancement
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2005
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2014 00:55
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TED.2002.808523
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1109/TED.2002.808523
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/900

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