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GaN/AlN electro-optical modulator prototype at telecommunication wavelengths

Baumann, Esther ; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R. ; Hofstetter, Daniel ; Guillot, Fabien ; Leconte, Sylvain ; Bellet-Amalric, Edith ; Monroy, Eva

In: Physica status solidi (c), 2007, vol. 4, no. 5, p. 1621-1624

We report on a prototype electro-optical modulator at telecommunication wavelength based on intersubband (ISB) transitions in a short-period GaN/AlN superlattice (SL). The device has a vertical architecture resembling a nitride-based high-electron mobility transistor, whose barrier layer has been replaced by a 5 period SL. By applying an electrical field, we were able to influence the... Plus

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    We report on a prototype electro-optical modulator at telecommunication wavelength based on intersubband (ISB) transitions in a short-period GaN/AlN superlattice (SL). The device has a vertical architecture resembling a nitride-based high-electron mobility transistor, whose barrier layer has been replaced by a 5 period SL. By applying an electrical field, we were able to influence the bandstructure and as a consequence to quench the ISB absorption peak originating from the SL.