Abstract

A new expression for the internal quantum efficiency of a photodiode is presented. It is obtained from the analysis of the photocurrent generated within the diode, considering the power and the cross-sectional diameter of the incident beam. The model explains variations of the internal quantum efficiency with irradiance that are not explained by other existing models, although this experimental fact was already known. The well-known phenomenon of supraresponsivity is also explained with this model. Finally, we show the dependence of the internal quantum efficiency on the variables involved in the model.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

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