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Silicon-based Ge0.89Sn0.11 photodetector and light emitter towards mid-infrared applications
Author(s): Wei Du; Seyed Ghetmiri; Sattar Al-Kabi; Aboozar Mosleh; Thach Pham; Yiyin Zhou; Huong Tran; Greg Sun; Richard Soref; Joe Margetis; John Tolle; Baohua Li; Mansour Mortazavi; Hameed Naseem; Shui-Qing Yu
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Paper Abstract

The GeSn alloy with Sn composition of 11% has been grown using an industry standard reduced-pressure chemical vapor deposition reactor in a single run epitaxy. Low-cost commercially available GeH4 and SnCl4 were used as Ge and Sn precursors, respectively. The material characterization showed that the threading dislocations were trapped in the Ge/GeSn interface and do not propagate to the GeSn layer, resulting in high quality material. The temperature-dependent photoluminescence study revealed that the direct bandgap GeSn alloy was achieved, as the emission intensity significantly increased at low temperature. The sample was than fabricated into photoconductive detectors and waveguide lasers. For the photodetector, the spectral response wavelength cutoff at 3.0 μm was observed. The specific detectivity of 3.5×1010 cm•Hz1/2W-1 was achieved, which is close to that of market dominating InGaAs photodetectors that are operating in the same wavelength range; For the waveguide laser, the lasing threshold pumping power density of 86.5 kW/cm2 at 10 K and the highest operating temperature of 110 K were obtained. Furthermore, the characteristic temperature was evaluated as 65 K.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 2017
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10108, Silicon Photonics XII, 1010813 (20 February 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2253067
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Wei Du, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Seyed Ghetmiri, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Sattar Al-Kabi, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Aboozar Mosleh, Arkansas Tech Univ. (United States)
Thach Pham, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Arktonics, LLC (United States)
Yiyin Zhou, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Huong Tran, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Greg Sun, Univ. of Massachusetts Boston (United States)
Richard Soref, Univ. of Massachusetts Boston (United States)
Joe Margetis, ASM America Inc. (United States)
John Tolle, ASM America Inc. (United States)
Baohua Li, Arktonics, LLC (United States)
Mansour Mortazavi, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Hameed Naseem, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)
Shui-Qing Yu, Univ. of Arkansas (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10108:
Silicon Photonics XII
Graham T. Reed; Andrew P. Knights, Editor(s)

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