Printed GaAs microstructures based flexible high-performance broadband photodetectors

Zumeit, A., Dahiya, A. S. , Christou, A., Mukherjee, R. and Dahiya, R. (2022) Printed GaAs microstructures based flexible high-performance broadband photodetectors. Advanced Materials Technologies, (doi: 10.1002/admt.202200772) (Early Online Publication)

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Abstract

Nano/microstructures of compound semiconductors such as gallium arsenide (GaAs) demonstrate enormous potential for advanced photonic technologies as they provide realistic means for miniaturization of optoelectronic devices that feature better performance and low power consumption. However, intimately integrating them onto flexible substrates is challenging and restricts their use in the next generation of applications such as wearables and soft robotics. Herein, printed arrays of well-defined and laterally aligned semi-insulating (undoped) and doped GaAs microstructures are presented to develop high-performance flexible broadband photodetectors. The direct roll transfer printed GaAs microstructures-based photodetectors exhibit excellent performance under ultraviolet and near-infrared illumination, including ultrafast response (2.5 ms) and recovery (8 ms) times, high responsivity (>104 AW–1), detectivity (>1014 Jones), external quantum efficiency (>106), and photoconductive gain (>104) at low operating voltage of 1 V. The achieved performance is among the best reported for broadband photodetectors but with an added benefit of the developed devices having a flexible form factor. Further, the photodetectors show stable performance under mechanical bending (500 cycles) and twisting loading. The developed materials and manufacturing route can enable high-speed communications and computation via high-performance flexible electronics and optoelectronics and transform numerous emerging applications such as wearable systems and internet of things.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported in part by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through Engineering Fellowship for Growth (EP/R029644/1) and Heteroprint Programme Grant (EP/R03480X/1).
Status:Early Online Publication
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Dahiya, Dr Abhishek Singh and Zumeit, Ayoub Abdulhafith Sadek and Dahiya, Professor Ravinder and Mukherjee, Mr Rudra and Christou, Mr Adamos
Authors: Zumeit, A., Dahiya, A. S., Christou, A., Mukherjee, R., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Advanced Materials Technologies
Publisher:Wiley
ISSN:2365-709X
ISSN (Online):2365-709X
Published Online:13 July 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Advanced Materials Technologies 2022
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
301728Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R029644/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering
301327`Hetero-print: A holistic approach to transfer-printing for heterogeneous integration in manufacturingPeter SkabaraEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/R03480X/1ENG - Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering