Design and Analysis of Waveguide-Coupled Photonic THz Transmitters with an Extremely Wide Fractional Bandwidth

Nan Wei Chen, Jhih Min Wun, Hao Chen Wang, Rui Lin Chao, Christopher Koh, Cooper H. Dreyfus, Jin Wei Shi

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Abstract

The design and analysis of novel waveguide-coupled photonic transmitters, which can have an extremely wide pm 3-dB fractional optical-to-electrical (O-E) bandwidth at near the terahertz (THz) operating frequency regime (100%; 0.1-0.3 THz), are presented. This novel module is composed of a customized WR-10-based wideband antenna and an ultrafast/high-power photodiode with a 0.33-THz 3-dB O-E bandwidth, which is flip-chip bonded onto an aluminum nitride substrate, integrated with an impedance matching circuit as well as a bow-tie radiator to serve as the antenna feed. The WR-10-based dual-ridge horn structure is adopted to realize the extremely wideband antenna because the dominant TEM mode supported by the dual ridges has no cutoff frequency. The proposed antenna exhibits more than 18 dB gain across the whole operating bandwidth (0.1-0.3 THz). With the transmitter operating at an output photocurrent of 10 mA and employing the same dual ridge-horn antenna at the receiving end, we can detect a reasonable power (31.6 μW) at 0.24 THz through 1 cm wireless transmission.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8301390
Pages (from-to)4235-4242
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Lightwave Technology
Volume36
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2018

Keywords

  • High-power photodiodes
  • photodiodes
  • radio frequency photonics

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