Today's infrared imaging devices are based on bulk and quantum-confined epitaxial materials and would benefit greatly from higher operating temperatures and lower cost. Imaging chips based on colloidal quantum dot technology could offer a convenient lower-cost alternative, but, to date, the spectral range of operation of colloidal quantum dots has been limited. In this Letter, we report colloidal HgTe quantum dot photodetectors with a room-temperature photoresponse beyond 5 µm, the longest interband absorption wavelength reported so far for colloidal materials. The photodetectors are fabricated from colloidal solutions, which are then drop-cast as thin films on electrodes. Operation covering the important atmospheric mid-wavelength infrared transparency window between 3 and 5 µm is demonstrated.
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This research was supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF; grant DMR-070626) and by the Department of Energy (grant DE-FG02-06ER46326). The authors made use of shared facilities supported by the NSF MRSEC Program (DMR-0820054). E.L. acknowledges the Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, for a postdoctoral fellowship.
The authors declare no competing financial interests.
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Keuleyan, S., Lhuillier, E., Brajuskovic, V. et al. Mid-infrared HgTe colloidal quantum dot photodetectors. Nature Photon 5, 489–493 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2011.142
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