Intermediate-band material based on GaAs quantum rings for solar cells

Jiang Wu; Dali Shao; Zhenhua Li; Manasreh, M. O.; Kunets, Vasyl P.; Wang, Zhiming M.; Salamo, G. J.
August 2009
Applied Physics Letters;8/17/2009, Vol. 95 Issue 7, p071908
Academic Journal
The intermediate-band concept is invoked to explain the photoresponse spectra obtained for unbiased devices fabricated from GaAs quantum rings grown by a droplet epitaxy technique on lattice-matched Al0.3Ga0.7As barriers. The photoresponse spectra where measured at room temperature in the visible-near-infrared spectral range. The presence of the intermediate band in the device active region is confirmed by measuring the mid-infrared photoresponse, which is attributed to the intersubband transitions in the conduction band. The photocurrent was measured at room temperature and found to be about four orders of magnitude larger than the dark current in the voltage range of ± 4.0 V.


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