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High-quality quaternary ZnSTeSe epitaxial layers were successfully grown by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE). It was found that a ZnS/sub 0.18/Se/sub 0.82/ layer was automatically formed in between the ZnSe buffer layer, and the ZnS/sub 0.17/Te/sub 0.08/Se/sub 0.75/ epitaxial layer, when we increased the ZnS cell temperature. ZnSTeSe metal-semiconductor-metal (MSM) photodetectors were also fabricated for the first time. It was found that we could achieve a photocurrent to dark current contrast higher than five orders of magnitude by applying a 10-V reverse bias. We also found that the maximum photoresponsivity is about 0.4 A/W under a 10-V reverse bias. Such a value suggests that the ZnSTeSe MSM photodetector is potentially useful in the blue-UV spectral region.