Minority electron unipolar photodetectors based on type II InAs/GaSb/AlSb superlattices for very long wavelength infrared detection

B. M. Nguyen*, S. Bogdanov, S. Abdollahi Pour, M. Razeghi

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number183502
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume95
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 18 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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