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Superlattice barrier infrared detector development at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Author(s): David Z. Ting; Alexander Soibel; Sir B. Rafol; Jean Nguyen; Linda Höglund; Arezou Khoshakhlagh; Sam A. Keo; John K. Liu; Jason M. Mumolo; Sarath D. Gunapala
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Paper Abstract

We report recent efforts in achieving state-of-the-art performance in type-II superlattice based infrared photodetectors using the barrier infrared detector architecture. We used photoluminescence measurements for evaluating detector material and studied the influence of the material quality on the intensity of the photoluminescence. We performed direct noise measurements of the superlattice detectors and demonstrated that while intrinsic 1/f noise is absent in superlattice heterodiode, side-wall leakage current can become a source of strong frequency-dependent noise. We developed an effective dry etching process for these complex antimonide-based superlattices that enabled us to fabricate single pixel devices as well as large format focal plane arrays. We describe the demonstration of a 1024×1024 pixel long-wavelength infrared focal plane array based the complementary barrier infrared detector (CBIRD) design. An 11.5 μm cutoff focal plane without anti-reflection coating has yielded noise equivalent differential temperature of 53 mK at operating temperature of 80 K, with 300 K background and cold-stop. Imaging results from a recent 10 μm cutoff focal plane array are also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 May 2011
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8012, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII, 801214 (20 May 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.888094
Show Author Affiliations
David Z. Ting, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Alexander Soibel, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sir B. Rafol, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jean Nguyen, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Linda Höglund, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Arezou Khoshakhlagh, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sam A. Keo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John K. Liu, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Jason M. Mumolo, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Sarath D. Gunapala, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8012:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXVII
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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