Avalanche-mode Si light-emitting transistor for narrow-band emission near 760 nm

Satadal Dutta, Raymond J.E. Hueting, Gerard J. Verbiest

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We report an avalanche-mode light-emitting transistor (AMLET) in silicon (Si), based on a lateral bipolar junction, which emits light near 760 nm optical wavelength with a record low bandwidth of 38 nm. The AMLET, designed in a CMOS-compatible silicon-on-insulator (SOI) photonics platform, is optically confined within a 0.21 ∼\μ m thick SOI layer, which forms a Fabry-Pérot (FP) resonator perpendicular to the Si surface. Light is emitted from the reverse biased emitter-base junction via phonon-assisted hot carrier recombination and, additionally, minority carriers are injected via the forward-biased Base-Collector junction. The combination of injection from collector terminal through a narrow base and FP optical resonance, yields a high optical power efficiency of 4.3\× 10-6 at V BC=0.8 V and V EB=10 V. Our work opens new possibilities in spectral-engineering of Si light-emitters, which could boost performance of all-Si optical interconnects and sensors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1701-1704
JournalIEEE Electron Device Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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  • Avalanche breakdown
  • electroluminescence
  • Fabry-Pérot resonance
  • integrated optics
  • silicon


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