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24 June 2014 Passivation of long-wave infrared InAs/GaSb superlattice detectors with epitaxially grown ZnTe
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In past decade, T2SL detectors with promising performance have been reported by various institutions thanks to the extensive modeling efforts, improvement of T2SL material quality, and development of advanced low-dark-current architectures with unipolar barriers (Xbn, CBIRD, pBiBn, M-structure, etc). One of the most demanding challenges of present day T2SL technology is the suppression of surface leakage currents associated with the exposed mesa sidewalls, which appear during the definition of device optical area. Typical FPA pixels have large surface/volume ratio and their performance is strongly dependent on surface effects. In order to overcome the limitation imposed by surface leakage currents, a stable surface passivation layer is needed. In this paper we report on InAs/GaSb T2SL detectors operating in the LWIR spectral region (100% cut-off wavelength of ~10 μm at 77K) passivated with epitaxially grown ZnTe. In order to compensate for the high conductivity of ZnTe passivation it was doped with chlorine to 1 × 1018cm−3 concentration. Dark current measurements reveal the significant reduction of noise current after ZnTe passivation.
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Elena Plis, Maya Narayanan Kutty, Stephen Myers, Sanjay Krishna, Chihyu Chen, and Jamie D. Phillips "Passivation of long-wave infrared InAs/GaSb superlattice detectors with epitaxially grown ZnTe", Proc. SPIE 9070, Infrared Technology and Applications XL, 907010 (24 June 2014);

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