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Short infrared wavelength quantum cascade detectors based on m-plane ZnO/ZnMgO quantum wells

Borislav Hinkov
Lorenzo Rigutti
Adrian Hierro
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This paper reports on the demonstration of quantum cascade detectors (QCDs) based on ZnO/ ZnMgO quantum wells (QWs) grown by molecular beam epitaxy on an m-plane ZnO substrate. The TM-polarized intersubband absorption is peaked at a 3 lm wavelength. The sample has been processed in the form of square mesas with sizes ranging from 10_10 lm2 up to 100_100 lm2. The I-V characteristics reveal that 86% of the 260 devices are operational and that the surface leakage current is negligible at room temperature, which is not the case at 77 K. The photocurrent spectroscopy of 100_100 lm2 QCDs reveals a photocurrent resonance at a 2.8 lm wavelength, i.e., slightly blue-shifted with respect to the intersubband absorption peak. The photocurrent persists up to room temperature. The calibrated peak responsivity amounts to 0.15mA/W under irradiation at Brewster’s angle of incidence. This value allows us to estimate the transfer efficiency (1.15%) of the photoexcited electrons into the active QW of the next period. Published by AIP Publishing.
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hal-02099819 , version 1 (15-04-2019)

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Arnaud Jollivet, Borislav Hinkov, Stefano Pirotta, H. Hoang, Sophie Derelle, et al.. Short infrared wavelength quantum cascade detectors based on m-plane ZnO/ZnMgO quantum wells. Applied Physics Letters, 2019, 113 (251104), pp.251104-1 - 251104-5. ⟨10.1063/1.5058120⟩. ⟨hal-02099819⟩
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