Two-color infrared sensor on the PbTe: in p-n junction

Jonas Gradauskas, Bohdan Dzundza, Leonid Chernyak, Zinovy Dashevsky

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A lead telluride sensor was fabricated on the base of a p-n PbTe junction created on a PbTe single crystal grown by the Czochralski technique, followed by the diffusion of an indium donor impurity into a crystal. The capacitance-voltage and current-voltage characteristics of the sensor were measured over the temperature range from 80 K to 150 K. A prototype of a high-temperature mid-IR sensor, a PbTe diode, with a cut-off wavelength of 4 μm, operating at temperatures up to 150 K, was demonstrated for the first time. The advantage of the sensor is that its operating temperature is high enough to be reached by a solid-state thermoelectric cooler. The sensor showed a specific detectivity value of 1010 cm·Hz1/2/W at a temperature of 150 K and a wavelength of 4.2 μm. The possibility to sense pulses of long-IR radiation by means of the PbTe diode was also demonstrated over the 100–180 K temperature range. For the first time, a two-photon absorption-caused photovoltaic effect was observed in PbTe at a wavelength of 9.5 μm at 150 K.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1195
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2 Feb 2021


  • High-temperature PbTe photodiode
  • Infrared sensor
  • Specific detectivity
  • Two-photon absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Information Systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Biochemistry


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