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Materials for Avalanche Receiver for ultImate SEnsitivity

Objective

Avalanche photodiodes are key components for many applications (telecom, ranging, sensing, spectroscopy,...) because their internal gain improves the photoreceiver sensitivity considerably. Two III-V materials of interest have emerged: AlGaAs and AlInAs, lattice-matched to GaAs and InP, respectively, and both characterised by a wide bandgap. In recent years, a breakthrough in the impact ionisation characteristics was identified and the major importance of a thin avalanche multiplication layer was clearly demonstrated.MARISE ambition is aiming to develop innovative engineered APD components with thin avalanche layers to benefit from their promising characteristics likely to advance the present state of the art. MARISE objectives are to push the limits of the new APDs in two directions: speed and sensitivity.For 10Gb/s access and single photon detection, AlInAs/GaInAs will be developed exhibiting low dark current and high responsivity,The development of a very challenging evanescent waveguide APD structure in the same material system will allow for 40Gb/s operation with a record gain-bandwidth product of 200 GHz.AlGaAs will be combined with a GaInAsN absorber into an innovative, very low noise and potentially low cost GaAs-based APD, suitable for 1.3 µm telecom applications.In MARISE, the APDs characteristics will be thoroughly assessed, and their suitability will be investigated for the following large-scale applications:· 10Gb/s burst-mode photoreceivers for broadband access and local area networks,· Core networks receivers at 40Gb/s based on waveguide APDs,· Single photon detection for use in secure communications.For each application, the impact of improved APD performance will be demonstrated in terms of increased receiver sensitivity and bandwidth, extended network performance, power budget or splitting factor.
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Coordinator

III-V LAB

Address

1 Avenue Augustin Fresnel Campus Polytechnique
91767 Palaiseau Cedex

France

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 838 747

Administrative Contact

Louise Pillon (Ms.)

Participants (4)

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INTERUNIVERSITAIR MICRO-ELECTRONICA CENTRUM

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 470 000

ID QUANTIQUE SA

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 146 240

ADVEOTEC SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 211 470

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 433 543

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 224142

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 May 2008

  • End date

    31 July 2011

Funded under:

FP7-ICT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 235 218

  • EU contribution

    € 2 100 000

Coordinated by:

III-V LAB

France