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Opt Express. 2013 Jul 1;21(13):15634-44. doi: 10.1364/OE.21.015634.

Nonlinear modeling of waveguide photodetectors.

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  • 1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA. molly@ece.ucsb.edu


A new method of simulating photodiode nonlinearities is proposed. This model includes the effects of non-uniform absorption in three dimensions, self-heating, and is compatible with circuit components defined in the frequency domain, such as transmission lines. The saturated output power and third order output intercept points of two different waveguide photodiodes are simulated, with excellent agreement between measurement and theory. The technique is then used to provide guidance for the future design of linear waveguide-based photodetectors.

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