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Photovoltaic quantum well infrared photodetectors: The four-zone scheme

Photovoltaische Quantum well Infrarot Photodetektoren: Das Vierzonenschema


Applied Physics Letters 71 (1997), No.2, pp.246-248 : Ill.
ISSN: 0003-6951
ISSN: 1077-3118
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IAF ()
intersubband transition; Intersubband-Übergang; photovoltaic; photovoltaisch; quantum well infrared photodetector; quantum well Infrarot Photodetektor

We have investigated a particular class of photovoltaic quantum well intersubband photodetectors. Each period of the active region in these structures consists of four zones, namely an excitation zone, a drift zone, a capture zone, and a tunneling zone. The devices show pronounced photovoltaic behavior and high detectivities. In particular, the responsivity without external bias is substantially enhanced if resonant carrier capture is achieved due to an appropriate design of the capture zone.