High efficiency infrared photodetectors using gold nanorods

Mar 25, 2011 By Adarsh Sandhu
High efficiency infrared photodetectors using gold nanorods
Fig.1: Device structure

Toyohashi Tech researchers develop an innovative infrared photodetector exploiting ‘plasmon resonance’ at the surface of gold nanorods. This technology shows potential as the basis for the development of high efficiency infra-red photodetectors for optical communications systems.

Toyohashi Tech researchers develop an innovative infrared photodetector exploiting ‘plasmon resonance’ at the surface of nanorods, which enhances the density of photoelectrons excited over the Schottky barrier. This technology shows potential as the basis for the development of high efficiency infra-red for systems.

Devices used for the detection of light and other forms of electromagnetic energy include calorimeters, superconducting devices, and photodiodes used in optical communications systems.

High efficiency infrared photodetectors using gold nanorods
Fig. 2: Experimental set up (above) for measuring the photocurrent of the Au nanorod Schottky photodiodes (below).

Now, typical semiconductor devices include Schottky barrier photodetectors—where a PN junction is not necessary. However, for optical communications systems applications, it is necessary to improve the photo detection efficiency in the 1.3~1.5 micrometer range of wavelengths.

Here, Mitsuo Fukuda and colleagues used the localized surface plasmon (LSP) effects exhibited by gold nano-rods to improve the optical response of Schottky photodiodes. Notably, the desired resonance wavelength can be obtained by appropriate choice of the dimensions of gold nanorods. Thus combining Schottky barriers with gold nanorods holds promise as a means of producing high efficiency photodiodes.

High efficiency infrared photodetectors using gold nanorods
Fig. 3: Experimental results showing the significant increase in the photocurrent of the device with the gold nano rods.

Fig. 1 shows the structure and dimension of the gold nanorod Schottky diode photodetector, where 10 nm x 100 nm gold rods were used. Fig .2 shows the experimental set up and Fig. 3 the experimental results for light of 1500 nm, showing a significant increase in the photocurrent of the device with the gold .

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BrianH
not rated yet Apr 01, 2011
What range of wavelengths can it handle? Far infrared? X-rays?