Normal Incidence Mid-Infrared Photocurrent in AlGaN/GaN Quantum Well Infrared Photodetectors

B. Sherliker, M. P. Halsall, P. Harrison, V. D. Jovanović, D. Indjin, Z. Ikonić, P. J. Parbrook, M. A. Whitehead, T. Wang, P. D. Buckle, J. Phillips, D. Carder

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We report the growth and characterization of AlGaN/GaN multiple quantum well structures designed to have intersubband transitions in the mid-infrared region of the spectrum. The samples were nominally undoped but were found to contain a high electron population in the wells induced by the local polarization fields. The sample was characterized by the use of the Raman spectroscopy and photocurrent spectroscopy. The Raman spectroscopy shows electronic Raman scattering from intersubband transitions in the AlGaN/GaN quantum wells. The e1-e2 and e1-e3 transitions of the confined 2d electron population in the wells can clearly be observed. A sample designed to absorb at 4 μm was fabricated into mesa structures and the vertical photocurrent measured under normal incidence illumination from the free-electron laser FELIX. A wavelength and bias dependent photocurrent was observed in the mid-IR region of spectrum. The peak responsivity was of the order of 50 μA/W at 4 K, the photocurrent still being measurable at room temperature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
JournalActa Physica Polonica A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event12th International Symposium on Ultrafast Phenomena in Semiconductors - Vilnius, Lithuania
Duration: 22 Aug 200425 Aug 2004
Conference number: 12


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