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Monolithically integrated UV/IR-photodetectors based on an AlN/GaN-based superlattice grown on an AlGaN buffer layer

Hofstetter, Daniel ; Baumann, Esther ; Giorgetta, Fabrizio R. ; Théron, Ricardo ; Guillot, Fabien ; Monroy, Eva ; Golka, Sebastian ; Strasser, Gottfried

In: Physica status solidi (c), 2009, vol. 6, no. 2, p. S818-821

In this article, we demonstrate closely spaced, monolithically integrated photodetectors in two largely different wavelength ranges. The epitaxial structure of the devices was grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy on an AlN-on-sapphire template; it consists of a Si-doped AlGaN thin film, and a nearly strain compensated 40 period AlN/GaN superlattice with 1.0 nm thick GaN quantum wells... Plus

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    Summary
    In this article, we demonstrate closely spaced, monolithically integrated photodetectors in two largely different wavelength ranges. The epitaxial structure of the devices was grown by plasma-assisted molecular-beam epitaxy on an AlN-on-sapphire template; it consists of a Si-doped AlGaN thin film, and a nearly strain compensated 40 period AlN/GaN superlattice with 1.0 nm thick GaN quantum wells and 2.0 nm thick AlN barriers. The entire structure is covered with an AlGaN cap layer. The superlattice acts as active region for the infrared detector, while the AlGaN buffer layer serves as active area for the ultraviolet detector. While the photovoltaic near-infrared detector has a center wavelength of 1.37 μm, the photoconductive ultraviolet detector has a long wavelength cutoff at 250 nm. The two detectors could be operated up to room temperature with reasonable sensitivities.