Persistent photoconductivity in II-VI and III-V semiconductor alloys and a novel infrared detector

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Abstract

Persistent photoconductivity (PPC) mechanisms, as well as the similarities and the differences of PPC properties in II-VI and III-V semiconductor alloys have been investigated. The potential applications based on PPC phenomenon in these two kinds of materials are discussed. We have observed that PPC induced in a II-VI mixed crystal by visible (above band gap) illumination can be quenched by long wavelength infrared radiation even at room temperature, which further supports our interpretation that PPC in II-VI mixed crystals is caused by random local potential fluctuations induced by compositional fluctuations. A newly developed infrared detector based on the PPC infrared quenching property of II-VI semiconductor alloys is also reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6701-6703
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Applied Physics
Volume69
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991

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