UTC-PD-Based Optoelectronic Components for High-Frequency and High-Speed Applications

Satoshi KODAMA
Hiroshi ITO

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Electronics   Vol.E90-C    No.2    pp.429-435
Publication Date: 2007/02/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1353
DOI: 10.1093/ietele/e90-c.2.429
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Evolution of Microwave and Millimeter-Wave Photonics Technology)
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Keyword: 
uni-traveling-carrier photodiode (UTC-PD),  optoelectronic device,  high speed,  high frequency,  millimeter-wave,  monolithic integration,  optical gate,  signal processing,  

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Summary: 
The uni-traveling-carrier photodiode (UTC-PD) is an innovative PD that has a unique operation mode in which only electrons act as the active carriers, resulting in ultrafast response and high electrical output power at the same time. This paper describes the features of the UTC-PD and its excellent performance. In addition, UTC-PD-based optoelectronic devices integrated with various elements, such as passive and active devices, are presented. These devices are promising for various applications, such as millimeter- and submillimeter-wave generation up to the terahertz range and ultrafast optical signal processing at data rates of up to 320 Gbit/s.