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Why QDIPs are still inferior to QWIPs: theoretical analysis
Author(s): Victor Ryzhii; Irina Khmyrova; Maxim Ryzhii; Victor I. Pipa; Vladimir V. Mitin; Magnus Willander
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Paper Abstract

As predicted theoretically, quantum dot infrared photodetectors (QDIPs) can substantially surpass quantum well infrared photodetectors (QWIPs). Recently, a number of research groups reported fabrication and extensive experimental investigation of various InAs/GaAs, InGaAs/GaAs, and InGaAs/InGaP QDIPs. However, most of the fabricated QDIPs have worse performance than QWIPs. To answer the questions why QDIPs are still inferior to QWIPs and how to improve them, we analyze the QDIP operation using the developed device model of QDIPs with realistic parameters. The model takes into account the main physical factors determining the operation of QDIPs. We calculate the dark current and the responsivity of QDIPs as functions of their structural parameters, the applied voltage, and temperature. The calculated characteristics are in agreement with those of realistic QDIPs studied experimentally. The revealed relations between the QDIP operation characteristics and structural parameters explain the main features of QDIPs observed in experiments. We estimate the QDIP detectivity and find the conditions for its maximum value. We compare the QDIP characteristics with those of QWIPs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4288, Photodetectors: Materials and Devices VI, (12 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.429435
Show Author Affiliations
Victor Ryzhii, Univ. of Aizu (Japan)
Irina Khmyrova, Univ. of Aizu (Japan)
Maxim Ryzhii, Univ. of Aizu (Japan)
Victor I. Pipa, Wayne State Univ. (United States)
Vladimir V. Mitin, Wayne State Univ. (United States)
Magnus Willander, Chalmers Univ. of Technology and Gothenburg Univ. (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4288:
Photodetectors: Materials and Devices VI
Gail J. Brown; Manijeh Razeghi, Editor(s)

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