Abstract

The phase noise, i.e., amplitude modulation to phase modulation (AM-PM) in the photodetector. In general, AM-PM of charge-compensated modified uni-travelling carrier (CC-MUTC) photodiodes originates from the combined nonlinearities of the detector impedance and carrier transit times, which depend on the electric field distribution and the velocity-field characteristics of carrier transport. In this work, we report measurements of AM-PM in transit-time-limited CC-MUTC photodiodes. A Crosslight-based simulation of the photodetection process is used to quantitatively estimate the AM-PM of CC-MUTC photodiodes. Simulated AM-PM of a 15-GHz microwave signal shows good agreement with experimental results. The measured and simulated AM-PM versus photocurrent exhibit a null point that originates from the competition between hole deceleration due to the collapsed electric field in the depleted absorption region and electron acceleration in the self-induced electric field in the undepleted absorption region.

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