Avalanche Photodiode Having Edge Breakdown Suppression
Haralson, Joe N.
Brennan, Kevin F.
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The present disclosure relates to an avalanche photodiode having edge breakdown suppression. The photodiode comprises a p contact and an n contact, as well as a plurality of device layers disposed between the p contact and the n contact. The device layers include, in order from the p contact to the n contact, a primary well, a decoupler layer, a multiplication layer, a charge sheet, an absorption layer, and a substrate. The layers are constructed so as to have particular volumes of charge which affects the order in which they deplete. With the preferred order of depletion, the multiplication layer will deplete before the decoupler layer and the decoupler layer will deplete before the charge sheet when a negative bias is applied to the avalanche photodiode. This results in a joint opening effect within the avalanche photodiode which effectively suppresses edge breakdown.
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