silicon photodiode

A silicon-based PN- or PIN-junction photodiode. Note 1: Such photodiodes are useful for direct detection of optical wavelengths shorter than approximately 1 m. Note 2: Because of their greater bandgap, silicon-based photodiodes are quieter than germanium-based photodiodes, but germanium photodiodes must be used for wavelengths longer than approximately 1 m. [FAA]