Detection of Ammonia and Phosphine Gas using Heterojunction Biomolecular Chain with Multilayer GaAs Nanopore Electrode

Debarati Dey, Pradipta Roy, Debashis De, Timam Ghosh

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    This paper presents Density Functional Theory and Non-Equilibrium Green's Function based First Principles calculations to explore the sensing property of Adenine and Thymine based hetero-junction chins for Ammonia and Phosphine gas molecules. This modeling and simulation technique plays an important and crucial role in the fast growing semiconductor based nanotechnology field. The hetero-junction chain has been passed through the multi layer GaAs nanopore electrodes. It has been found that Current-Voltage characteristics of the bio-molecular chain highly depend during the foreign gas molecules adsorption. This Current-Voltage sensitivity has been raised upto 40 and 9.3 times with the presence of single Ammonia and Phosphine molecules respectively under the ultra low bias voltage application. Adsorption of single molecule Ammonia and Phosphine increases the conductivity of the heterogeneous bio-molecular chain at room temperature. The quantum ballistic transmission through the direct band gap semi-conductor material GaAs nanopore increases during the Ammonia and Phosphine gas adsorption by the heterogeneous chain. In this paper we attempt to present the molecular model sensor with circuit elements. The attractive potential of conductivity modulation suggests this heterogeneous bio-molecular chain as an application in future generation bio-sensor technology.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-31
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of nanostructures
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

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