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Spectrally selective and highly-sensitive UV photodetection with UV-A, C band specific polarity switching in silver plasmonic nanoparticle enhanced gallium oxide thin-film

2020

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Traditional photodetectors generally show a unipolar photocurrent response when illuminated with light of wavelength equal or shorter than the optical bandgap. Here, we report that a thin film of gallium oxide (GO) decorated with plasmonic nanoparticles, surprisingly, exhibits a change in the polarity of the photocurrent for different UV bands. Silver (Ag) nanoparticles are vacuum-deposited onto β-Ga2O3 and the AgNP@GO thin films show a record responsivity of 250 A/W, which significantly outperforms bare GO planar photodetectors. The photoresponsivity reverses sign from +157 µA/W in the UV-C band under unbiased operation to -353 µA/W in the UV-A band. The current reversal is rationalized by considering the charge dynamics stemming from hot electrons generated when the incident light excites a local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) in the Ag nanoparticles. The Ag nanoparticles improve the external quantum efficiency and detectivity by nearly one order of magnitude with high values of 1.2×105 and 3.4×1014 Jones, respectively. This plasmon-enhanced solar blind GO detector allows UV regions to be spectrally distinguished, which is useful for the development of sensitive dynamic imaging photodetectors.

Author(s): Arora, K. and Singh, D.P. and Fischer, P. and Kumar, M.
Journal: Adv. Opt. Mat.
Year: 2020
Month: March
Day: 1

Department(s): Micro, Nano, and Molecular Systems
Bibtex Type: Article (article)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/adom.202000212
URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adom.202000212

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@article{2020Kumar,
  title = {Spectrally selective and highly-sensitive UV photodetection with UV-A, C band specific polarity switching in silver plasmonic nanoparticle enhanced gallium oxide thin-film},
  author = {Arora, K. and Singh, D.P. and Fischer, P. and Kumar, M.},
  journal = {Adv. Opt. Mat.},
  month = mar,
  year = {2020},
  url = {https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/adom.202000212},
  month_numeric = {3}
}