Journal of Crystal Growth, Vol.477, 82-85, 2017
Analysis of dark currents and deep level traps in InP- and GaAs-based In0.83Ga0.17As photodetectors
InP- and GaAs-based metamorphic In0.83Ga0.17As photodetectors were grown and investigated. Compared to InP-based photodetector, the dark current of GaAs-based photodetector at room temperature increased 2-3 times but still comparable, whereas at 77 K the dark current increased 2-3 orders. The deep-level transient spectroscopy results reveal that a deep level trap state exists in the GaAs-based photodetector structure. The higher dark current in GaAs-based photodetector at low temperature was mainly ascribed to a deep level trap induced tunneling current. The deep trap centers can also induce non-radiative recombination with smaller thermal active energy in the GaAs-based photodetector structure. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.