Voltage tunable superlattice infrared detector for mid- and long-wavelength detection

Majumdar, Amlan; Choi, K. K.; Reno, J. L.; Tsui, D. C.
June 2005
Applied Physics Letters;6/27/2005, Vol. 86 Issue 26, p261110
Academic Journal
We have designed and fabricated a voltage tunable superlattice (SL) infrared photodetector where the detection wavelength switches from the 3–5 μm midwavelength infrared (MWIR) range under negative bias to the 8–12 μm long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) range under large positive bias. The structure consists of multiple periods of two different SLs that are separated by undoped blocking barriers on one side and heavily doped layers on the other side. The background-limited temperature with F/1.2 optics is 110 and 70 K for mid- and long-wavelength detection, respectively. This voltage tunable MWIR/LWIR detector has a performance comparable to those of one-color quantum-well infrared detectors designed for the respective wavelength ranges.


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