Dark current suppression in type II InAsGaSb superlattice long wavelength infrared photodiodes with M-structure barrier

Binh Minh Nguyen*, Darin Hoffman, Pierre Yves Delaunay, Manijeh Razeghi

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Abstract

We presented an alternative design of type II superlattice photodiodes with the insertion of a mid-wavelength infrared M-structure AlSbGaSbInAsGaSbAlSb superlattice for the reduction of dark current. The M-structure superlattice has a larger carrier effective mass and a greater band discontinuity as compared to the standard type II superlattices at the valence band. It acts as an effective medium that weakens the diffusion and tunneling transport at the depletion region. As a result, a 10.5 μm cutoff type II superlattice with 500 nm M-superlattice barrier exhibited a R0 A of 200 cm2 at 77 K, approximately one order of magnitude higher than the design without the barrier. The quantum efficiency of such structures does not show dependence on either barrier thickness or applied bias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number163511
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume91
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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