We present a hybrid photodetector design that inherits the advantages of traditional photoconductive and photovoltaic devices. The structure consists of a barrier layer blocking the transport of majority holes in a p-type semiconductor, resulting in an electrical transport due to minority carriers with low current density. By using the M-structure superlattice as a barrier region, the band alignments can be experimentally controlled, allowing for the efficient extraction of the photosignal with less than 50 mV bias. At 77 K, a 14 μm cutoff detector exhibits a dark current 3.3 mA/ cm2, a photoresponsivity of 1.4 A/W, and the associated shot noise detectivity of 4× 1010 Jones.
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- Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)