Low dark current N structure superlattice MWIR photodetectors

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Salihoglu O., Muti A., TURAN R., ERGÜN Y., AYDINLI A.

40th Conference on Infrared Technology and Applications, Maryland, United States Of America, 4 - 08 May 2014, vol.9070 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 9070
  • Doi Number: 10.1117/12.2050316
  • City: Maryland
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Keywords: Superlattice, Photodetector, InAs/GaSb, N design, barrier, SiO2, Passivation
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Commercially available read out integrated circuits (ROICs) require the FPA to have high dynamic resistance area product at zero bias (R(0)A) which is directly related to dark current of the detector. Dark current arises from bulk and surface contributions. Recent band structure engineering studies significantly suppressed the bulk contribution of the type-II superlattice infrared photodetectors (N structure, M structure, W structure). In this letter, we will present improved dark current results for unipolar barrier complex supercell superlattice system which is called as "N structure". The unique electronic band structure of the N structure increases electron-hole overlap under bias, significantly. N structure aims to improve absorption by manipulating electron and hole wavefunctions that are spatially separated in T2SLs, increasing the absorption while decreasing the dark current. In order to engineer the wavefunctions, we introduce a thin AlSb layer between InAs and GaSb layers in the growth direction which also acts as a unipolar electron barrier. Despite the difficulty of perfect lattice matching of InAs and AlSb, such a design is expected to reduce dark current. Experiments were carried out on Single pixel with mesa sizes of 100 x 100 - 700 x 700 mu m photodiodes. Temperature dependent dark current with corresponding R(0)A resistance values are reported.