Multicolor infrared detection realized with two distinct superlattices separated by a blocking barrier

Chen, C. C.; Chen, H. C.; Kuan, C. H.; Lin, S. D.; Lee, C. P.
April 2002
Applied Physics Letters;4/1/2002, Vol. 80 Issue 13, p2251
Academic Journal
A multicolor infrared photodetector was realized with two superlattices separated by a blocking barrier. The photoresponse is switchable between 7.5-12 and 6-8.5 µm by the bias polarity, and is also tunable by the bias magnitude in each wavelength regime. In addition, our detector exhibits advantages including little temperature dependence of the spectral response and the same order of responsivity in the two wavelength regimes. The measured peak responsivities in the two regimes are 117 mA/W at 9.8 µm under 1 V and 129 mA/V at 7.4 µm under -0.8 V, respectively. Also, the detectivities are comparable with the conventional multistack detector. The zero background peak detectivities are 2.3 x 10[sup 10] cm Hz[sup 0.5]/W at 50 K and 9.8 µm under 0.7 V, and 8.7 x 10[sup 10] cm Hz[sup 0.5]/W at 70 K and 7.4 µm under -0.7 V.


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