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Sherliker, B and Halsall, MP and Harrison, P and Jovanovic, VD and Indjin, D and Ikonic, Z and Parbrook, PJ and Whitehead, MA and Wang, T and Buckle, PD and Phillips, J and Carder, D;
Acta Physica Polonica A
Normal incidence mid-infrared photocurrent in AlGaN/GaN quantum well infrared photodetectors
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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 e(1)-e(2) and e(1)-e(3) transitions of the confined 2d electron population in the wells can clearly be observed. A sample designed to absorb at 4 mum 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 muA/W at 4 K, the photocurrent still being measurable at room temperature.
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