Investigation of carrier transient response of nanopatterned n-ZnO/a-Si(i)/p + -Si photodiodes

Pei Hsuan Lin, Cheng Pin Chen, Yen Jen Hung, Shao Sun Hsu, Liang Yi Chen, Yun Wei Cheng, Min Yung Ke, Ching Hua Chiu, Hao-Chung Kuo, Jian Jang Huang

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We investigated the carrier transient response of the nanopatterned silicon heterojunction photodiodes using ZnO as the n-type semiconductor. The results show that under the constant light illumination intensity, the planar structure has faster carrier response than the nanopatterned amorphous silicon (intrinsic) (a-Si(i)) diodes. It is attributed to a higher number of generated carriers in the nanostructure (due to the lower surface reflectivity) that increases the probability of collisions. On the other hand, the shortest response time of the device with nanopatterned p + -Si suggests that carriers can be effectively transported vertically and horizontally through the p-i(intrinsic)-n structure. Furthermore, the wavelength-dependent rise time is correlated to the different transport distance between electrons and holes at different excited wavelengths.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5555939
Pages (from-to)1589-1591
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Photonics Technology Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - 22 Oct 2010


  • Heterojunction photodiodes
  • natural lithography
  • solar cells
  • transient response

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