Amorphous silicon balanced photodiode for detection of ultraviolet radiation

D. Caputo, G. de Cesare, A. Nascetti, M. Tucci

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In this work, we present a new amorphous silicon balanced photodiode, which takes advantage of the differential measurement to reveal very small variations of photocurrent in a large background current signal. The device has been fabricated with a four-mask process and characterized in dark and under 365 nm monochromatic ultraviolet radiation. Results have demonstrated the ability of the structure to detect differential currents three orders of magnitude lower than the current flowing in each sensor. Common mode rejection ratio (CMRR) values around 42 dB have been found comparable with those obtained in other crystalline differential diode structures. The CMRR resulted constant with both the reverse bias voltage and the radiation intensity. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1 - 4
Number of pages4
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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