Predictable quantum efficient detector: I. Photodiodes and predicted responsivity

Meelis Sildoja, Farshid Manoocheri, Mikko Merimaa, Erkki Ikonen, Ingmar Müller, Lutz Werner, Jarle Gran, Toomas Kübarsepp, Marek Smîd, Maria Luisa Rastello

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    The design and construction of a predictable quantum efficient detector (PQED), suggested to be capable of measuring optical power with a relative uncertainty of 1 ppm (ppm = parts per million), is presented. The structure and working principle of induced junction silicon photodiodes are described combined with the design of the PQED. The detector uses two custom-made large area photodiodes assembled into a light-trapping configuration, reducing the reflectance down to a few tens of ppm. A liquid nitrogen cryostat is used to cool the induced junction photodiodes to 78 K to improve the mobility of charge carriers and to reduce the dark current. To determine the predicted spectral responsivity, reflectance losses of the PQED were measured at room temperature and at 78 K and also modelled throughout the visible wavelength range from 400 nm to 800 nm. The measured values of reflectance at room temperature were 29.8 ppm, 22.8 ppm and 6.6 ppm at the wavelengths of 476 nm, 488 nm and 532 nm, respectively, whereas the calculated reflectances were about 4 ppm higher. The reflectance at 78 K was measured at the wavelengths of 488 nm and 532 nm over a period of 60 h during which the reflectance changed by about 20 ppm. The main uncertainty components in the predicted internal quantum deficiency (IQD) of the induced junction photodiodes are due to the reliability of the charge-carrier recombination model and the extinction coefficient of silicon at wavelengths longer than 700 nm. The expanded uncertainty of the predicted IQD is 2 ppm at 78 K over a limited spectral range and below 140 ppm at room temperature over the visible wavelength range. All the above factors are combined as the external quantum deficiency (EQD), which is needed for the calculation of the predicted spectral responsivity of the PQED. The values of the predicted EQD are below 70 ppm between the wavelengths of 476 nm and 760 nm, and their expanded uncertainties mostly vary between 10 ppm and 140 ppm, where the lowest uncertainties are obtained at low temperatures.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)385 - 394
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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