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<emphasis role="bold">Introduction</emphasis> There are a number of solid-state devices that can generate an electric signal when they are illuminated. We can divide all these devices into two categories. In one category are the devices that convert the energy in a beam of light into an electric signal. An example of this is the bolometer. This is really a collection of thermocouples inside an efficient photon absorber. The energy of the photons is converted to heat, and the ris…
Thomas P. Pearsall: Photonics Essentials. Photodiodes, Chapter (McGraw-Hill Professional, 2003), AccessEngineering Export