High performance visible-SWIR flexible photodetector based on large-area InGaAs/InP PIN structure

Sci Rep. 2022 May 10;12(1):7681. doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-11946-7.

ABSTRACT

Mechanically flexible optoelectronic devices and systems can enable a much broader range of applications than what their rigid counterparts can do, especially for novel bio-integrated optoelectronic systems, flexible consumer electronics and wearable sensors. Inorganic semiconductor could be a good candidate for the flexible PD when it can keep its high performance under the bending condition. Here, we demonstrate a III-V material-based flexible photodetector operating wavelength from 640 to 1700 nm with the high detectivity of 5.18 × 1011 cm‧Hz1/2/W and fast response speed @1550 nm by using a simply top-to-down fabrication process. The optoelectrical performances are stable as the PDs are exposed to bending cycles with a radius of 15 mm up to 1000 times. Furthermore, the mechanical failure mode of the PD is also investigated, which suggests that the cracking and delamination failure mode are dominant in bending up and bending down direction, respectively. Such a flexible III-V material-based PD and design with stable and high performance could be a promising strategy for the application of the flexible broad spectrum detection.

PMID:35538226 | PMC:PMC9090829 | DOI:10.1038/s41598-022-11946-7

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