Accession Number : ADD015217

Title :   Heterostructure Device Useable as a Far Infrared Photodetector.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 15 Nov 88, patented 5 Nov 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Glaser, Evan R ; Shanabrook, Benjamin V

Report Date : 05 Nov 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : A semiconductor heterostructure useful as a photodetector in the far infrared. The barrier layers of the heterostructure are doped so that charge carriers migrate from the energy bands of the barrier layers towards the energy bands of the quantum wells, but remain weakly bound to the doping impurities in the barrier layers. Because of weak residual bonding, the energy necessary to raise these electrons fully into the quantum wells' energy band is significantly reduced, extending the lower frequency range at which such devices are useful as photodetectors. Selection of several of the heterostructure's dimensions determine the impurities resonant absorption frequency, and application of an electric or magnetic field shifts the well's resonant absorption frequency, in effect frequency fine tuning the heterostructure.

Descriptors :   *PHOTODETECTORS, *SEMICONDUCTORS, *PATENTS, ABSORPTION, BARRIERS, BONDING, CHARGE CARRIERS, DOPING, ELECTRONS, ENERGY, ENERGY BANDS, FINES, FREQUENCY, IMPURITIES, LAYERS, MAGNETIC FIELDS, RESIDUALS, SELECTION, TUNING, INFRARED DETECTION, DOPING, ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRA

Subject Categories : Optical Detection and Detectors
      Electrical and Electronic Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE