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Band offset and an ultra-fast response UV-VIS photodetector in γ-In₂Se₃/p-Si heterojunction heterostructures

Fang, Y. X., Zhang, H., Azad, F., Wang, S. P., Ling, F. C. C., Su, S. C.
RSC advances 2018 v.8 no.52 pp. 29555-29561
X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, films (materials), lighting, ultraviolet radiation
High-quality γ-In₂Se₃ thin films and a γ-In₂Se₃/p-Si heterojunction were prepared using pulse laser deposition (PLD). The band offset of this heterojunction was studied by XPS and the band structure was found to be type II structure. The valence band offset (ΔEᵥ) and the conduction band offset (ΔEc) of the heterojunction were determined to be 1.2 ± 0.1 eV and 0.27 ± 0.1 eV, respectively. The γ-In₂Se₃/p-Si heterojunction photodetector has high responsivity under UV to visible light illumination. The heterojunction exhibits highly stable photodetection characteristics with an ultrafast response/recovery time of 15/366 μs. The ultrafast response time was attributed to type II structure band alignment, which was good for the separation of electron–hole pairs and it can quickly reduce recombination. These excellent properties make γ-In₂Se₃/p-Si heterojunctions a promising candidate for photodetector applications.