Charge collection in h -BN neutron detectors at elevated temperatures

J. Li, A. Maity, S. J. Grenadier, J. Y. Lin, H. X. Jiang

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Many of the neutron detector applications are in the environments with harsh conditions such as high temperatures. We report here the measurements of charge collection parameters of hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) detectors at elevated temperatures, including the electron mobility-lifetime product (μτ) and surface recombination field (s/μ). It was found that μτ is increased, while s/μ is decreased as temperature increases. The temperature dependence of the surface recombination field (s/μ) revealed that electrons trapped in the surface states tend to thermally activate to the bulk region at higher temperatures with an activation energy of about 0.22 eV, leading to a reduction in the density of the charged surface states at elevated temperatures. Consequently, the charge collection efficiency is enhanced at elevated temperatures due to a reduced surface recombination field and increased electron mobility-lifetime product. The results suggested that h-BN neutron detectors are favorable for high temperature operation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number092102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


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