Solar-blind AlGaN-based inverted heterostructure photodiodes

EJ Tarsa, P Kozodoy, J Ibbetson, BP Keller, Giacinta Parish, U Mishra

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    Abstract

    True solar-blind operation with a sharp responsivity cutoff at similar to 300 nm has been demonstrated in AlGaN-based photodiodes using an "inverted heterostructure photodiode" design. This structure utilizes an AlxGa1-xN(x > 0.3) intrinsic or lightly doped active layer surrounded by p- and/or n-type contact layers having a narrower band gap than the active layer. By utilizing narrow band gap (e.g., GaN) contact layers, the difficulties associated with achieving high doping efficiencies in wide band gap contact layers are circumvented. This basic structure is applicable to both front- and back-side illuminated detector geometries. Front-side illuminated solar-blind photodiodes were demonstrated with a peak responsivity of 0.08 A/W at 285 nm, while back-side illuminated detectors yielded a peak responsivity of 0.033 A/W at 275 nm (both are measured without antireflection coating). Both types of detectors offered sharp spectral responsivity cutoff of at least three orders of magnitude by 325 nm. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0003-6951(00)00829-9].
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)316-318
    JournalApplied Physics Letters
    Volume77
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2000

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