Grazing-angle intersubband absorption and photocurrent in thick n-doped GaAs multiple-quantum-well structures

Dupont, E.; Liu, H. C.; Schmidt, S. R.; Seilmeier, A.
December 2001
Applied Physics Letters;12/24/2001, Vol. 79 Issue 26, p4295
Academic Journal
We present an experimental study of the absorption and photocurrent in a thick n-doped GaAs/AlGaAs quantum-well infrared photodetector (QWIP). At grazing-angle incidence, we observed peaks that are far detuned from the intersubband resonance. These phenomena can be well explained by the resonant coupling of the light to leaky waveguide modes in the multiple-quantum-well stack. We propose taking advantage of these waveguiding effects for the design of QWIP structures operated at a high temperature. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.


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