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Epitaxial Thin Film IV-VI Detectors: Device Performance And Basic Material Properties
Author(s): A. C. Bouley; T. K. Chu; G. M. Black
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Paper Abstract

The ultimate ability of an infrared detector to sense radiation and subsequently yield a measurable output signal is intimately related to the basic physical properties and transport mechanisms of the detector material. While spectral response measurements provide a monitor on the ultimate device performance and can yield information on the detector interface physics, still further insight into the devices is provided by an investigation of their electrical properties. An epitaxial thin film IV-VI detector technology providing both self-filtering and multicolor capability has been developed at the Naval Surface Weapons. Center (NSWC). Measurements have been made of a number of basic electrical characteristics of a series of these photodiodes, including their I-V, C-V and R0A-T dependencies. This has yielded information on the barrier profiles and current conduction mechanisms of these devices which is directly related to their optical sensing ability. Device performance has been found to be distinctly improved or degraded with thermal cycling, depending on the detector material used. These results can be correlated with lattice-matching investigations made on these detectors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 June 1981
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0285, Infrared Detector Materials, (11 June 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.965787
Show Author Affiliations
A. C. Bouley, Naval Surface Weapons Center (United States)
T. K. Chu, Naval Surface Weapons Center (United States)
G. M. Black, Naval Surface Weapons Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0285:
Infrared Detector Materials
H. R. Riedl, Editor(s)

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