2020; 20(3): 445-450

Published online January 13, 2020

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Photocurrent spectra for above and below bandgap energies from photovoltaic PbS infrared detectors with graphene transparent electrodes

Kim J., Ampadu E.K., Oh E., Choi H., Ahn H.-Y., Cho S.-H., Choi W.J., Byun J.Y.

Department of Physics, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, South Korea; Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, Daejeon, South Korea; Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, South Korea

Correspondence to:Oh, Eunsoon
Department of Physics, Chungnam National University

Received: December 19, 2019; Accepted: January 6, 2020


We discussed photocurrent spectra of photovoltaic PbS infrared detectors using multi-layer graphene as transparent electrode, where p-PbS films were deposited on TiO2/FTO substrates by chemical bath deposition. In the photocurrent spectra, we observed both above-bandgap and sub-bandgap photocurrent without any external bias. We discussed impurity band model and grain boundary model in order to explain the sub-bandgap photocurrent near 15 μm. Since FTO is transparent in the visible range, we were able to illuminate green laser beam from the FTO back-side, and photo-response up to 50 μm was found to be enhanced. This long wavelength photo-response was attributed to the excitation of the photo-electrons accumulated at the TiO2/PbS interface. Our photovoltaic PbS devices can detect not only short-infrared but also terahertz radiation at room temperature, which is highly applicable to various fields. © 2020 Korean Physical Society

Keywords: Infrared detectors, Lead sulfide, Multilayer graphene, Photocurrent spectra, Photovoltaic

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