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UV photodetectors with thin-film Si nanoparticle active medium

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5 Author(s)
M. H. Nayfeh ; Dept. of Phys., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA ; Satish Rao ; O. M. Nayfeh ; A. Smith
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We constructed ultraviolet (UV) photodetectors using thin films of silicon nanoparticles as active media. The Si nanoparticle films are electrodeposited at room temperature on Si p-type substrates. Uniform silicon nanoparticles of 1-nm diameter are dispersed from Si wafers using electrochemical etching. The nanoparticles are ultrabright under UV excitation, with nanosecond luminescence time characteristics. Current-voltage (I--V) characteristics indicate a photoconductor in series with a diode-like junction with a large enhancement in the forward current under UV illumination. Our results point to a sensitive UV detector with good visible blindness where the particle films effectively constitutes a wide-bandgap material.

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IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 6 )