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Magnetic field tunable terahertz quantum well infrared photodetector

Savic, I., Milanovic, V., Vukmirovic, N., Jovanovic, V.D., Ikonic, Z., Indjin, D. and Harrison, P. (2005) Magnetic field tunable terahertz quantum well infrared photodetector. Journal of Applied Physics, 98 (8). 084509-(8 pages). ISSN 1089-7550

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Abstract

A theoretical model and a design of a magnetic field tunable CdMnTe/CdMgTe terahertz quantum well infrared photodetector are presented. The energy levels and the corresponding wavefunctions were computed from the envelope function Schr¨odinger equation using the effective mass approximation and accounting for Landau quantization and the giant Zeeman effect induced by magnetic confinement. The electron dynamics were modeled within the self-consistent coupled rate equations approach, with all relevant electron-longitudinal optical phonon and electron-longitudinal acoustic phonon scattering included. A perpendicular magnetic field varying between 0 T and 5 T, at a temperature of 1.5 K, was found to enable a large shift of the detection energy, yielding a tuning range between 24.1 meV and 34.3 meV, equivalent to 51.4 μm to 36.1 μm wavelengths. For magnetic fields between 1 T and 5 T, when the electron population of the QWIP is spin-polarized, a reasonably low dark current of ≤1.4×10–² A/cm² and a large responsivity of 0.36−0.64 A/W are predicted.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2005 American Institute of Physics. This article may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the author and the American Institute of Physics. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Journal of Applied Physics.
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Electronic & Electrical Engineering (Leeds) > Institute of Microwaves and Photonics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:02
Published Version: http://link.aip.org/link/JAPIAU/v98/p084509
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1063/1.2085309
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1117

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