Rapid responsive Mg/ZnSnP2/Sn photodetector for visible to near-infrared application

S. Mukherjee, T. Maitra, A. Pradhan, S. Mukherjee, G. Manna, S. Bhunia, A. Nayak

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A photodetector based on Mg/ZnSnP2/Sn structure was fabricated on p-type silicon (100) to operate in the wavelength range of 450–850 nm. The observed current-voltage characteristics showed roll-over like features which was successfully modeled considering two Schottky junction diodes connected back to back. The device showed strong photo-response in both the forward and reverse bias configuration and the current-voltage curve shifted to the fourth quadrant under illumination. The barrier height and the ideality factor of the two Schottky diodes were evaluated using numerical simulation. The maximum values of responsivity, photosensitivity and detectivity were found to be 22.76 mA W−1, 57.00 cm2W‐1 and 6.34 × 1010 cm Hz1/2 W−1 in the forward bias and 3.48 mA W−1, 48.22 cm2 W−1 and 2.25 × 1010 cm Hz1/2 W−1 in the reverse bias, respectively at illumination of wavelength 850 nm. The photodetector showed a fast response time of 47 μs and multiple recovery times of 725 μs, 1.2 ms and 1.3 ms respectively. The existence of traps within the ZnSnP2 thin films was responsible for extending the time of recovery in comparison to time of response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-187
Number of pages7
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Metal-Semiconductor-Metal
  • Photodetectors
  • Photosensitivity
  • Recombination
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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