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Photoresponse of low-background extrinsic infrared detector arrays
Author(s): Boris I. Fouks; Vasily F. Kocherov; Igor I. Taubkin; Leonid A. Vinokurov; Nicolas B. Zaletaev
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Paper Abstract

The operation of low-background lR extrinsic photoconductor detectors and detector arrays is essentially dependent on the process of spreading time-dependent photocurrent, which is due to low non-steady-state screening of the electric charges in the detectors. The spreading leads to an increase in the photoresponse time, an essential difference between the non-steady-state photocurrents in the circuits of the source contacts injecting free-charge carriers into the detectors and those in the circuits of the contacts that serve as drains for the carriers, and a high non-steady-state cross talk in the detector arrays. The results of the experimental study of all these effects and some others in 36- and 48-element linear arrays (Si:Ga) as well as their theoretical description are presented. The theory developed is in satisfactory agreement with the experimental data. Some consequences of the results obtained, which are important in space-based astronomy applications of such detectors, are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 May 1994
PDF: 7 pages
Opt. Eng. 33(5) doi: 10.1117/12.165801
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 33, Issue 5
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Boris I. Fouks, Institute of Radioengineering and Electronics (Russia)
Vasily F. Kocherov, Orion (Russia)
Igor I. Taubkin, Orion (Russia)
Leonid A. Vinokurov, Orion (Russia)
Nicolas B. Zaletaev, Orion (Russia)

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