Infrared (IR) multispectral detection is attracting increasing interest with the rising demand for high spectral sensitivity, room temperature operation, CMOS-compatible devices. Here, we present a two-terminal dual-band detector, which provides a bias-switchable spectral response in two distinct IR bands. The device is obtained from a vertical GeSn/Ge/Si stack, forming a double junction n-i-p-i-n structure, epitaxially grown on a Si wafer. The photoresponse can be switched by inverting the bias polarity between the near and the short-wave IR bands, with specific detectivities of 1.9 × 1010 and 4.0 × 109 cm·(Hz)1/2/W, respectively. The possibility of detecting two spectral bands with the same pixel opens up interesting applications in the field of IR imaging and material recognition, as shown in a solvent detection test. The continuous voltage tuning, combined with the nonlinear photoresponse of the detector, enables a novel approach to spectral analysis, demonstrated by identifying the wavelength of a monochromatic beam.

CMOS-Compatible Bias-Tunable Dual-Band Detector Based on GeSn/Ge/Si Coupled Photodiodes

Talamas Simola E.;Ballabio A.;Frigerio J.;Zucchetti C.;Isella G.
2021

Abstract

Infrared (IR) multispectral detection is attracting increasing interest with the rising demand for high spectral sensitivity, room temperature operation, CMOS-compatible devices. Here, we present a two-terminal dual-band detector, which provides a bias-switchable spectral response in two distinct IR bands. The device is obtained from a vertical GeSn/Ge/Si stack, forming a double junction n-i-p-i-n structure, epitaxially grown on a Si wafer. The photoresponse can be switched by inverting the bias polarity between the near and the short-wave IR bands, with specific detectivities of 1.9 × 1010 and 4.0 × 109 cm·(Hz)1/2/W, respectively. The possibility of detecting two spectral bands with the same pixel opens up interesting applications in the field of IR imaging and material recognition, as shown in a solvent detection test. The continuous voltage tuning, combined with the nonlinear photoresponse of the detector, enables a novel approach to spectral analysis, demonstrated by identifying the wavelength of a monochromatic beam.
dual-band photodetector
Ge-on-Si
GeSn
infrared imaging
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