High-Performance Transparent Ultraviolet Photodetectors Based on InGaZnO Superlattice Nanowire Arrays

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12042−12051
Journal / PublicationACS Nano
Issue number10
Online published3 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2019


Due to the efficient photocarrier separation and collection coming from their distinctive band structures, superlattice nanowires (NWs) have great potential as active materials for high-performance optoelectronic devices. In this work, InGaZnO NWs with superlattice structure and controllable stoichiometry are obtained by ambient-pressure chemical vapor deposition. Along the NW axial direction, perfect alternately stacking of InGaO(ZnO)4+ blocks and InO2- layers is observed to form a periodic layered structure. Strikingly, when configured into individual NW photodetectors, the Ga concentration is found to significantly influence the amount of oxygen vacancies and oxygen molecules adsorbed on the NW surface, which dictate the photoconducting properties of the NW channels. Based on the optimized Ga concentration (i.e., In1.8Ga1.8Zn2.4O7), the individual NW device exhibits an excellent responsivity of 1.95 × 105 A/W and external quantum efficiency of as high as 9.28 × 107% together with a rise time of 0.93 s and a decay time of 0.2 s for the ultraviolet (UV) photodetection. Besides, the obtained NWs can be fabricated into large-scale parallel arrays on glass substrates as well to achieve fully transparent UV photodetectors, where the performance is on the same level or even better than many transparent photodetectors with high performance. All the results discussed above demonstrate the great potential of InGaZnO superlattice NWs for next-generation advanced optoelectronic devices.

Research Area(s)

  • InGaZnO, nanowires, superlattice, transparent, ultraviolet photodetectors