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Title: Specific features of the spectra and relaxation kinetics of long-wavelength photoconductivity in narrow-gap HgCdTe epitaxial films and heterostructures with quantum wells

The spectra and relaxation kinetics of interband photoconductivity are investigated in narrow-gap Hg{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}Te epitaxial films with x = 0.19-0.23 and in structures with HgCdTe-based quantum wells (QWs), having an interband-transition energy in the range of 30-90 meV, grown by molecular-beam epitaxy on GaAs (013) substrates. A long-wavelength sensitivity band caused by impurities or defects is found in the spectra of the structures with quantum wells in addition to the interband photoconductivity. It is shown that the lifetimes of nonequilibrium carriers in the structures with QWs is less than in bulk samples at the same optical-transition energy. From the measured carrier lifetimes, the ampere-watt responsivity and the equivalent noise power for a film with x = 0.19 at a wavelength of 19 {mu}m are estimated. When investigating the relaxation kinetics of the photoconductivity at 4.2 K in high excitation regime, it is revealed that radiative recombination is dominant over other mechanisms of nonequilibrium-carrier recombination.
Authors:
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  1. Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Physics of Microstructures (Russian Federation)
  2. Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Siberian Branch (Russian Federation)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22210452
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Semiconductors; Journal Volume: 47; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Pleiades Publishing, Ltd.; http://www.springer-ny.com; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; CARRIER LIFETIME; FILMS; GALLIUM ARSENIDES; KINETICS; MOLECULAR BEAM EPITAXY; PHOTOCONDUCTIVITY; QUANTUM WELLS; RECOMBINATION; RELAXATION; SENSITIVITY; SPECTRA; SUBSTRATES; WAVELENGTHS