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Advances in the high-pressure crystal growth technology of semi-insulating CdZnTe for radiation detector applications
Author(s): Csaba Szeles; Scott E. Cameron; Jean-Olivier Ndap; Michael D. Reed
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Paper Abstract

The properties of large diameter (140 mm) semi-insulating Cd1-xZnxTe (x = 0.1) ingots grown by the vertical High-Pressure Electro-Dynamic Gradient (HP EDG) technique are discussed. The HP EDG crystal growth technology recently developed and introduced at eV PRODUCTS significantly improves the downstream CdZnTe detector fabrication yield compared to earlier versions of the HP crystal growth technology. These yield improvements stem from the improved structural and charge transport properties of the HP EDG CdZnTe ingots. Improvements were achieved in three areas: a) reduced thermal stress in the ingots, b) improved single crystal yield, and c) improved electron transport properties. The new state-of-the-art HP EDG crystal growth systems offer exceptional flexibility, thermal and mechanical stability and allow the growth of high purity CdZnTe materials. The flexibility of the multi-zone heater system allows the dynamic control of heat flow to optimize the growth-interface shape during crystallization. This flexibility combined with an advanced control system, improved system diagnostics and realistic thermal modeling provides an excellent platform for further process development. Results on the initial HP EDG CdZnTe ingots grown with low temperature gradient show the complete elimination of ingot cracking. The increased single crystal yield combined with the improved electron transport properties allows the fabrication of large volume electron-only devices at higher yield. The CdZnTe ingots regularly contain sections with electron mobility-lifetime product μτe≥5.0x10-3 cm2/V and occasionally yield material with μτe≥8.0x10-3 cm2/V.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5198, Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detector Physics V, (20 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.514618
Show Author Affiliations
Csaba Szeles, eV Products (United States)
Scott E. Cameron, eV Products (United States)
Jean-Olivier Ndap, eV Products (United States)
Michael D. Reed, eV Products (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5198:
Hard X-Ray and Gamma-Ray Detector Physics V
Larry A. Franks; Arnold Burger; Ralph B. James; Paul L. Hink, Editor(s)

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