Resonant Tunnelling Diode Terahertz Sources for Broadband Wireless Communications

Wasige, E. , Alharbi, K. H., Al-Khalidi, A. , Wang, J. and Khalid, A. (2017) Resonant Tunnelling Diode Terahertz Sources for Broadband Wireless Communications. In: Terahertz, RF, Millimeter, and Submillimeter-Wave Technology and Applications X, San Francisco, CA, USA, 28 Jan - 2 Feb 2017, (doi:10.1117/12.2256357)

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Abstract

This paper will discuss resonant tunnelling diode (RTD) sources being developed on a European project iBROW (ibrow.project.eu) to enable short-range multi-gigabit wireless links and microwave-photonic interfaces for seamless links to the optical fibre backbone network. The practically relevant output powers are at least 10 mW at 90 GHz, 5 mW at 160 GHz and 1 mW at 300 GHz and simulation and some experimental results show that these are feasible in RTD technology. To date, 75 - 315 GHz indium phosphide (InP) based RTD oscillators with relatively high output powers in the 0.5 – 1.1 mW range have been demonstrated on the project. They are realised in various circuit topologies including those that use a single RTD device, 2 RTD devices and up to 4 RTD devices for increasingly higher output power. The oscillators are realised using only photolithography by taking advantage of the large micron-sized but broadband RTD devices. The paper will also describe properties of RTD devices as photo-detectors which makes this a unified technology that can be integrated into both ends of a wireless link, namely consumer portable devices and fibre-optic supported base-stations (since integration with laser diodes is also possible).

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Wasige, Professor Edward and Khalid, Dr Ata-ul-Habib and Wang, Dr Jue and Al-Khalidi, Dr Abdullah
Authors: Wasige, E., Alharbi, K. H., Al-Khalidi, A., Wang, J., and Khalid, A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 SPIE
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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