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Balanced PIN-TIA Photoreceiver with Integrated 3 dB Fiber Coupler for Distributed Fiber Optic Sensors (2014)

Shubhashish Datta, Sruti Rajagopalan, Shaun Lemke and Abhay Joshi
Discovery Semiconductors, Inc.
119 Silvia Street
Ewing, NJ 08628, USA
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We report a balanced PIN-TIA photoreceiver integrated with a 3 dB fiber coupler for distributed fiber optic sensors. This detector demonstrates -3 dB bandwidth >15 GHz and coupled conversion gain >65 V/W per photodiode through either input port of the 3 dB coupler, and can be operated at local oscillator power of +17 dBm. The combined common mode rejection of the balanced photoreceiver and the integrated 3 dB coupler is >20 dB. We also present measurement results with various optical stimuli, namely impulses, sinusoids, and pseudo-random sequences, which are relevant for time domain reflectometry, frequency domain reflectometry, and code correlation sensors, respectively.

* Proc. SPIE DSS (Defense, Security & Sensing), Baltimore, 2014

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