Design and performance of very long-wavelength GaAs/Al x Ga1- x As quantum-well infrared photodetectors Academic Article uri icon


  • We present an extensive and detailed study of very long wavelength quantum well infrared photodetectors covering the spectral region between 14 and 20 μm. Measurements were made on seven different molecular beam epitaxy grown samples having different well widths and barrier heights. In this study we combine experimental results with theoretical analysis and focus on the relationship between the quantum well structure and detector performance, i.e., responsivity, dark current, dynamic resistance, noise current, optical‐gain, and detectivity. These results provide the basis for further optimization, and the detector parameters needed for the design of the readout circuit for focal plane arrays.

publication date

  • January 1, 1994