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Edge leakage control in platinum-silicide Schottky-barrier diodes used for infrared detection

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1 Author(s)
McNutt, M.J. ; Ford Aerosp. & Commun. Corp., Newport Beach, CA, USA

Platinum silicide (PtSi) on p-silicon Schottky-barrier focal plane arrays (FPAs) are strong candidates for infrared (IR) detection up to a wavelength of about 5 mu m. However, an inherently low quantum efficiency (about 1% at 4 mu m) makes it important to maximize the fill factor or the area of the array that is IR-sensitive. Current designs use an n/sup -/ guard ring around the PtSi diodes to suppress edge leakage. This is effective, but the guard-ring overlap can significantly reduce the sensitive area of the diode. An aluminium plate that is already used as a photon reflector above the diode in current designs can be positively biased as a field plate to create a surface depletion layer around the diode periphery. This produces leakage current suppression equivalent to the guard ring without giving up IR-sensitive diode area.<>

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Electron Device Letters, IEEE  (Volume:9 ,  Issue: 8 )