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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Advanced Space Based Detectors

For this in-house project, we are interested in improving the performance or modifying the capabilities of infrared detectors in order to locate and identify dim and/or distant objects in space. One characteristic we are very interested in is multicolor detection. To this end, we have turned to a novel detector design that we have come to call a Lateral Quantum Dot Infrared Photodetector (LQDIP). In this design, InAs quantum dots are buried in a GaAs quantum well, which in turn is tunnel-coupled to another GaAs quantum well. Photoexcited electrons from the quantum dots tunnel over to the second well and are then swept out via a lateral (perpendicular to the growth direction) bias voltage. This architecture should exhibit the ability to tune to select infrared frequencies with reduced dark current and unity gain. The lateral photocurrent is directed by a vertical (parallel to the growth direction) gate voltage. In this interim report, we will discuss this detector architecture, as well as our preliminary electrical and optical characterization results from 200K to 77K.

Date of Report: September 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 17
Order Number: G1887
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