A novel photonic transmitter for wireless terahertz (THz) impulse-radio (IR) communication is realized by monolithic integration of a GaAs-AlGaAs-based uni-traveling-carrier (UTC) photodiode with a substrate-removed broadband antenna. The device can radiate strong sub-THz pulses (20-mW peak-power) with a narrow pulsewidth (<2 ps) and wide bandwidth (100 ∼ 250 GHz). The maximum average power emitted by our device, under the same THz time-domain spectroscopic setup, is around ten times higher than that of the low-temperature-grown GaAs-based photoconductive antenna, while with a much lower dc bias (9 versus 35 V). The bias-dependent peak output powers of our devices suggest their suitability for application as a data modulator/emitter for photonic THz IR communication.
- Photonic transmitter (PT)
- Terahertz (THz)
- Uni-traveling-carrier photodiode (UTC-PD)