Description: In order to provide optical to electrical conversion of high speed analog signals, avalanche photodiode receivers must be optimized for several parameters. Among these parameters are receiver amplifier noise, APD noise, and bandwidth. Optimization of these parameters requires a theoretical understanding of each of the parameters and their interactions. In the first part of this paper the theoretical design of an avalanche photodiode optical receiver will be discussed with attention to the parameters mentioned. Later, a comparison between calculated and measured values for a receiver design will be presented. 6 refs., 3 figs.
Date: January 1, 1988
Creator: Smith, R.C.
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