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High-detectivity polymer photodetectors with spectral response from 300 nm to 1450 nm
Polymer Engineering Faculty Research
  • Xiong Gong, The University of Akron
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
10-1-2009
Abstract

Sensing from the ultraviolet-visible to the infrared is critical for a variety of industrial and scientific applications. Today, gallium nitride–, silicon-, and indium gallium arsenide–-based detectors are used for different sub-bands within the ultraviolet to near-infrared wavelength range. We demonstrate polymer photodetectors with broad spectral response (300 to 1450 nanometers) fabricated by using a small-band-gap semiconducting polymer blended with a fullerene derivative. Operating at room temperature, the polymer photodetectors exhibit detectivities greater than 1012 cm Hz1/2/W and a linear dynamic range over 100 decibels. The self-assembled nanomorphology and device architecture result in high photodetectivity over this wide spectral range and reduce the dark current (and noise) to values well below dark currents obtained in narrow-band photodetectors made with inorganic semiconductors.

Citation Information
Xiong Gong. "High-detectivity polymer photodetectors with spectral response from 300 nm to 1450 nm" Vol. 325 (2009) p. 1665 - 1667
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/xiong_gong/88/