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Title: Intensity- and temperature- dependent carrier recombination in InAs/In(As 1-xSb x) type-II superlattices

Our time-resolved measurements for carrier recombination are reported as a midwave infrared InAs/InAs 0.66Sb 0.34 type-II superlattice (T2SL) function of pump intensity and sample temperature. By including the T2SL doping level in the analysis, the Shockley-Read-Hall (SRH), radiative, and Auger recombination components of the carrier lifetime are uniquely distinguished at each temperature. SRH is the limiting recombination mechanism for excess carrier densities less than the doping level (the low-injection regime) and temperatures less than 175 K. A SRH defect energy of 95 meV, either below the T2SL conduction-band edge or above the T2SL valence-band edge, is identified. Auger recombination limits the carrier lifetimes for excess carrier densities greater than the doping level (the high-injection regime) for all temperatures tested. Additionally, at temperatures greater than 225 K, Auger recombination also limits the low-injection carrier lifetime due to the onset of the intrinsic temperature range and large intrinsic carrier densities. Radiative recombination is found to not have a significant contribution to the total lifetime for all temperatures and injection regimes, with the data implying a photon recycling factor of 15. Using the measured lifetime data, diffusion currents are calculated and compared to calculated Hg 1-xCd xTe dark current, indicating that the T2SLmore » can have a lower dark current with mitigation of the SRH defect states. Our results illustrate the potential for InAs/InAs 1-xSb x T2SLs as absorbers in infrared photodetectors.« less
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
  2. Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2331-7019; 562489
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Journal Name:
Physical Review Applied
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 03; Journal Issue: 04; Journal ID: ISSN 2331-7019
American Physical Society
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
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