Thin Solid Films, vol.589, pp.813-816, 2015 (SCI-Expanded)
© 2015 Elsevier B.V.In this article, we report on the molecular beam epitaxy growth and characterization of a 140 period InAs/GaSb type-II superlattice structure designed for mid infrared detection. Thickness of a period was systematically altered in each sample by changing the thickness of InAs (GaSb) layers from 9 to 7 monolayers (ML) for a fixed GaSb (InAs) layer at 9 ML (7 ML). The same InSb-like strain compensation interface was used for all samples. High resolution X-ray diffraction analysis, spectral responsivity and external quantum efficiency (QE) measurements were performed to express the effects of layer thickness variations on both structural and photodetector features. The decrease in the InAs thickness resulted in the increased mismatch from 0 to + 1626 ppm and the blue shift in the 50% cut-off wavelength (λc) from 5.41 to 4.36 μm at 77 K. The additional decrease in GaSb thickness caused further increase in the mismatch up to + 1791 ppm. The steepness of the photoresponse at the absorption band edge was quantified and presented comparatively with different photodetector parameters and material properties for a complete picture. The highest optical response was obtained from sample having 8 ML InAs and 9 ML GaSb with λc = 4.76 μm and QE = 23.7% at 4 μm.