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Surface recombination velocity reduction in type-II InAs/GaSb superlattice photodiodes due to ammonium sulfide passivation

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Li, Jian V. ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1406 West Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801 ; Shun Lien Chuang ; Aifer, Edward ; Jackson, Eric M.

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The surface recombination velocity (SRV) of minority electrons in a type-II InAs/GaSb superlattice photodiode is quantitatively investigated using the electron beam induced current technique and its value used to evaluate the effects of two different passivation methods. Before passivation, the SRV was determined to be (5.0±0.2)×104 cm/s. The SRVs of two samples passivated at room temperature are compared with that of the unpassivated sample. One passivation method, using a neutralized (NH4)2S solution for 60 min, reduces the SRV by a factor of 2. The other passivation method, using 4% (NH4)2S solution for 30 min, reduces the SRV by more than one order of magnitude.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:90 ,  Issue: 22 )