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High-Magnetic Field Characterisation Of (Hg,Cd)Te Detectors
Author(s): J Singleton; F Nasir; R J Nicholas
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Paper Abstract

A description is given of the use of the Shubnikov-de Haas effect, parallel-field magnetoresistance and cyclotron resonance to give a rather complete characterisation of (Hg,Cd)Te photodetectors. The Shubnikov-de Haas and parallel-field magnetoresistance enable one to distinguish the separate contributions to conductivity from surface layers and bulk which bedevil normal characterisation methods such as the Hall effect. In addition, the surface carrier densities can be very accurately measured, and the number of populated surface subbands deduced. Cyclotron resonance is used to make an accurate determination of the x-value of the bulk material, and to measure the effective masses of the surface electrons, thus indicating whether the surface composition differs from that in the bulk. It is shown that these measurements are not only useful in the characterisation of detectors and material, but are of fundamental interest in the study of the two-dimensional electron gas: the surface electrons exhibit many novel modes of behaviour, such as enhanced or reduced polaronic effects and skipping orbits, the latter of which have only been previously observed in metals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 November 1986
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0659, Materials Technologies for Infrared Detectors, (22 November 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938545
Show Author Affiliations
J Singleton, The Clarendon Laboratory (United Kingdom)
F Nasir, The Clarendon Laboratory (United Kingdom)
R J Nicholas, The Clarendon Laboratory (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0659:
Materials Technologies for Infrared Detectors
Jean Besson, Editor(s)

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