Optically triggered infrared photodetector

Ramiro Gonzalez, Iñigo and Martí Vega, Antonio and Antolín Fernández, Elisa and López Estrada, Esther and Datas Medina, Alejandro and Luque López, Antonio and Ripalda Cobián, Jose María and González, I. (2015). Optically triggered infrared photodetector. In: "12th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies", 04/07/2015 - 11/07/2015, Thessaloniki, Greece. pp. 1-3.


Title: Optically triggered infrared photodetector
  • Ramiro Gonzalez, Iñigo
  • Martí Vega, Antonio
  • Antolín Fernández, Elisa
  • López Estrada, Esther
  • Datas Medina, Alejandro
  • Luque López, Antonio
  • Ripalda Cobián, Jose María
  • González, I.
Item Type: Presentation at Congress or Conference (Article)
Event Title: 12th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies
Event Dates: 04/07/2015 - 11/07/2015
Event Location: Thessaloniki, Greece
Title of Book: 12th International Conference on Nanosciences & Nanotechnologies
Date: 2015
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Electrónica Física
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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We present and demonstrate experimentally a new kind of semiconductor device: the Optically Triggered Infrared Photodetector. This IR photodetector exhibits the following distinctive features: (1) It can be optically commuted ON and OFF by means of an external light bias, and (2) it does not require electrical power supply. The operation principle of the OTIP is as follows. External high-energy (higher than the semiconductor bandgap) light produces photocurrent in the device. Part of this current is lost as recombination through an intermediate band (IB) [1] within the bandgap of the semiconductor. The addition of IR light reduces such recombination and can be, therefore, measured as an increase in current. This new detector concept can be implemented by including quantum dots (QDs) in-between a p-n junction [2]. We demonstrate the operation of the OTIP in an InAs/AlGaAs QD-based device. Our experimental device shows response to normally incident light in the 2?6 ?m range when externally biased by a 590-nm light emitting diode (LED). It also exhibits IR detection driven by a continuous range of photon energies above the bandgap of the device. Furthermore, we demonstrate an increase in detection gain with increasing light-bias intensity. For high intensities the photo-detection seems to saturate. In our experiments, the increase in detection gain did not come with an increase in the measurement noise; hence, it can be understood as an increase in the detectivity. The novel features of the OTIP opens up possibilities for new device applications, for instance, in optical communications.

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Deposited on: 31 Aug 2016 17:52
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2016 17:52
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