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Fabrication of Resonator-Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (RQWIP) with 10.2 μm cutoff
Author(s): J. Sun; K. K. Choi; K. Olver; R. X. Fu
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Paper Abstract

Recently, we have developed a new detector structure, which is known as the resonator- QWIP or R-QWIP. With the new structure, we demonstrated quantum efficiency (QE) as high as 70% in single detectors and 30 - 40% in focal plane arrays (FPAs) with 9 μm cutoff. In this study, we designed a broadband, 10 μm cutoff R-QWIP FPA using a more accurate refractive index. To achieve the theoretical prediction, the substrates of the detectors have to be removed completely to prevent the escape of unabsorbed light out of the detectors. The height of the diffractive elements (DE) and the thickness of the active resonator must also be uniformly produced within 0.05 μm accuracy. To achieve these specifications, two optimized inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching processes are developed. Using these etching techniques, a number of single detectors were fabricated to verify the analysis before FPA production. In general, test data support the theoretical predictions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 August 2015
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9609, Infrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications V, 96090J (28 August 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2186433
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J. Sun, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
K. K. Choi, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
K. Olver, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)
R. X. Fu, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9609:
Infrared Sensors, Devices, and Applications V
Paul D. LeVan; Ashok K. Sood; Priyalal Wijewarnasuriya; Arvind I. D'Souza, Editor(s)

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