SiGe (Ge-dot) heterojunction phototransistors for efficient light detection at 1.3-1.55 µm
2003 (English)In: Physica E: Low-dimensional Systems and Nanostructures, ISSN 1386-9477, Vol. 16, no 3-4, 528-532 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this work is to develop a Si/SiGe HBT-type phototransistor with several Ge dot layers incorporated in the collector, in order to obtain improved light detectivity at 1.3–1.55 μm. The MBE grown HBT detectors are of n–p–n type and based on a multilayer structure containing 10 Ge-dot layers (8 ML in each layer, separated by 60 nm Si spacer) in the base-collector junction. The transistors were processed for normal incidence or with waveguide geometry where the light is coupled through the edge of the sample. The measured breakdown voltage, BVceo, was about 6 V. Compared to a p–i–n reference photodiode with the same dot layer structure, photoconductivity measurements show that the responsivity is improved by a factor of 60 for normal incidence at 1.3 μm. When the light is coupled through the edge of the device, the detectivity is even further enhanced. The measured photo-responsivity is more than 100 and 5 mA/W at 1.3 and 1.55 μm, respectively.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2003. Vol. 16, no 3-4, 528-532 p.
Si, Ge, Quantum dot, Detector, Heterojunction bipolar transistor
National CategoryNatural Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13790DOI: 10.1016/S1386-9477(02)00634-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13790DiVA: diva2:21554