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Photoelectrical properties of nonuniform semiconductor under infrared laser radiation
Author(s): Steponas P. Asmontas; Jonas Gradauskas; Dalius Seliuta; Edmundas Sirmulis
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Paper Abstract

Photoelectrical properties of nonuniform semiconductor under IR laser radiation has been investigated theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that photoemission of hot carriers across the potential barrier and the crystal lattice heating are dominant mechanisms of the photovoltage formation in p-n and l-h junction when laser photon energy less than the semiconductor energy gap. Influence of aluminum arsenide model fraction in GaAs/AlxGa1-xAs p-n heterojunction on CO2 laser radiation detection has been studied. It has been established that the photoresponse originating from the free carrier heating depends on the energy band discontinuities in heterojunction. GaAs/AlxGaz-xAs heterojunction with x <EQ 0.2 is found to be more suitable for IR detection compared to GaAs homojunction. In metal- semiconductor Schottky contact photoresponse demonstrates strongly nonlinear dependence on excitation intensity when photon energy is less than Schottky barrier height. We suppose that in this case the photosignal is caused by the multiphoton and multi step electron photoemission across the Schottky barrier.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4423, Nonresonant Laser-Matter Interaction (NLMI-10), (26 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.431223
Show Author Affiliations
Steponas P. Asmontas, Semiconductor Physics Institute (Lithuania)
Jonas Gradauskas, Semiconductor Physics Institute (Lithuania)
Dalius Seliuta, Semiconductor Physics Institute (Lithuania)
Edmundas Sirmulis, Institute of Physics (Lithuania)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4423:
Nonresonant Laser-Matter Interaction (NLMI-10)
Mikhail N. Libenson, Editor(s)

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