Operational analysis of a quantum dot optically gated field-effect transistor as a single-photon detector

Gansen, E.J., Rowe, M.A., Greene, M.B., Rosenberg, D., Harvey, T.E., Su, M.Y., Hadfield, R.H. , Nam, S.W. and Mirin, R.P. (2007) Operational analysis of a quantum dot optically gated field-effect transistor as a single-photon detector. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 13(4), pp. 967-977. (doi:10.1109/JSTQE.2007.902843)

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Abstract

We report on the operation of a novel single-photon detector, where a layer of self-assembled quantum dots (QDs) is used as an optically addressable floating gate in a GaAs/Al0.2Ga0.8As delta-doped field-effect transistor. Photogenerated holes charge the QDs, and subsequently, change the amount of current flowing through the channel by screening the internal gate field. The photoconductive gain associated with this process makes the structure extremely sensitive to light of the appropriate wavelength. We investigate the charge storage and resulting persistent photoconductivity by performing time-resolved measurements of the channel current and of the photoluminescence emitted from the QDs under laser illumination. In addition, we characterize the response of the detector, and investigate sources of photogenerated signals by using the Poisson statistics of laser light. The device exhibits time-gated, single-shot, single-photon sensitivity at a temperature of 4 K. It also exhibits a linear response, and detects photons absorbed in its dedicated absorption layer with an internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of up to (68 plusmn18)%. Given the noise of the detection system, the device is shown to operate with an IQE of (53 plusmn 11)% and dark counts of 0.003 counts per shot for a particular discriminator level.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hadfield, Professor Robert
Authors: Gansen, E.J., Rowe, M.A., Greene, M.B., Rosenberg, D., Harvey, T.E., Su, M.Y., Hadfield, R.H., Nam, S.W., and Mirin, R.P.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics
ISSN:1077-260X

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