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Infrared detector based on interband transition of semiconductor quantum well within p-n junction
Author(s): Ling Sun; Jie Liu; Haiqiang Jia; Wenxin Wang; Lu Wang; Hong Chen
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Paper Abstract

Resonant excited carriers in quantum well will relax to the ground states and cannot escape from quantum wells to form photocurrent. However, it was recently observed that most of the photo-excited carriers in InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells within a p-n junction escape from quantum wells and form photocurrent rather than relax to the ground state of the quantum wells. The absorption coefficient of multiple quantum wells is also enhanced by a p-n junction. According to the phenomenon, a novel photon detector based on interband transition of strained InGaAs/GaAs quantum wells was fabricated. Without an anti-reflection layer, the external quantum efficiency up to 31% with only 100 nm absorption thickness was measured, corresponding an absorption coefficient of 3.7×104 cm-1 that is obviously higher than previously reported values. The room temperature detectivity of the device was 1.43×1013 cm Hz1/2 W-1. For strained InAsSb/GaSb quantum wells material system, the detector showed a narrow response range from 2.1 μm to 3.0 μm with a peak around 2.6 μm at 200 K and a wide response range from 3.5 μm to 5.7 μm. The photon detectors based on interband transition show great potential applications in infrared detection operating at high temperature.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2017
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 10438, Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence II, 1043804 (6 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2276939
Show Author Affiliations
Ling Sun, Institute of Physics (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Jie Liu, Institute of Physics (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Haiqiang Jia, Institute of Physics (China)
Wenxin Wang, Institute of Physics (China)
Lu Wang, Institute of Physics (China)
Hong Chen, Institute of Physics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10438:
Emerging Imaging and Sensing Technologies for Security and Defence II
Keith L. Lewis; Richard C. Hollins; Gerald S. Buller; Robert A. Lamb, Editor(s)

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