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InAs/InGaSb superlattices for very long wavelength infrared detection
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Paper Abstract

New infrared detector materials with high sensitivity, multi-spectral capability, improved uniformity and lower manufacturing costs are required for numerous long and very long wavelength infrared imaging applications. One materials system has shown great theoretical and, more recently, experimental promise for these applications: InAs/InxGa1-xSb type-II superlattices. In the past few years, excellent results have been obtained on photoconductive and photodiode samples designed for infrared detection beyond 10 microns. Far-infrared photoresponse of superlattices with cut-off wavelengths between 15 micrometers and 25 micrometers were studied. The measured photoresponse spectra for both photodiodes and photoconductors are compared to calculated absorption coefficient spectra. The electronic structure and the optical absorption of InAs/InxGa1-xSb superlattice infrared (IR) detector structures are calculated, for several values of x, using our implementation of the 8x8 envelope-function approximation (EFA) formalism. Good experimental-theoretical agreement is obtained regarding the long-wavelength threshold and absorption shape.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4288, Photodetectors: Materials and Devices VI, (12 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.429407
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Gail J. Brown, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Frank Szmulowicz, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4288:
Photodetectors: Materials and Devices VI
Gail J. Brown; Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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