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GaAs grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) at low, near 200°C, temperature (LT-GaAs) has become the material of choice for ultra high speed, such as THz, detection due to its very short, carrier lifetime of around 1 psec [1-3]. By contrast, regular temperature GaAs (RT-GaAs) is grown at around 600°C and has carrier lifetime of ~1nsec. This short lifetime requires that optically generated carriers be collected quickly, however, LT-GaAs has very low carrier mobilities thus resulting in low photocurrent and hence responsivity. We have previously designed a novel structure that circumvents this limitation [4] and have reported speed of response measured optoelectronically that was limited by instrumentation. Here, we present electro-optic sampling (EOS) time response data that shows while maintaining the high speed of response in LT-GaAs, the device also achieves high responsivity, near that of RT-GaAs. This is …
Publication date: 
23 Sep 2012

Marc Currie, Pouya Dianat, Anna Persano, Adriano Cola, Concetta Martucci, Fabio Quaranta, Bahram Nabet

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Pages: 312-313
IEEE Photonics Conference 2012