Study of valence-band intersublevel transitions in InAs/GaAs quantum dots-in-well infrared photodetectors
The n-type quantum dot (QD) and dots-in-well (DWELL) infrared photodetectors, in general, display bias-dependent multiple-band response as a result of optical transitions between different quantum levels. Here, we present a unique characteristic of the p-type hole response, a well-preserved spectral profile, due to the much reduced tunneling probability of holes compared to electrons. This feature remains in a DWELL detector, with the dominant transition contributing to the response occurring between the QD ground state and the quantum-well states. The bias-independent response will benefit applications where single-color detection is desired and also allows achieving optimum performance by optimizing the bias.