Influence of Temperature Variation on Optical Receiver Sensitivity and its Compensation
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In the paper, the influence of temperature variation on the sensitivity of an avalanche-photodiode-based optical receiver applied in the free space optical communication link is discussed. Communication systems of this type are exposed to a wide range of operating temperatures, which markedly affect many photodiode and preamplifier parameters. The paper presents a receiver sensitivity calculation, taking into consideration the temperature dependence of avalanche photodiode gain, excess noise factor, dark current and thermal noise of preamplifier resistances, and describes the compensation of temperature effects on photodiode gain based on a corresponding change in the reverse voltage applied to the diode. The calculations are demonstrated on the connection of a small-area silicon APD operating in the wavelength range from 820 to 1150 nm with a transimpedance preamplifier using a bipolar junction transistor.
KeywordsAvalanche photodiode, photodiode gain, excess noise factor, temperature compensation, receiver sensitivity
Document typePeer reviewed
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SourceRadioengineering. 2007, vol. 16, č. 3, s. 13-18. ISSN 1210-2512
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