We disclose a semiconductor-based photodetector having multiple optical feeds for coupling light into an active area thereof in a manner that causes the light to be distributed more-uniformly therein than in a comparable conventional photodetector. As a result, embodiments of the disclosed photodetector can handle an advantageously high optical power and generate a relatively high photocurrent before the saturation is reached. In some embodiments, the multiple optical feeds are used to reduce the size of the active area to achieve a larger effective bandwidth and/or better RF response for the photodetector without exacerbating certain detrimental effects therein, e.g., caused by the excessive heat generated by the absorbed light. In some embodiments, multiple semiconductor-based photodetectors can be optically arrayed and electrically interconnected to form a traveling-wave photodetector that preserves one or more beneficial characteristics of the individual photodetectors used therein.
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