Flexible photodetectors on plastic substrates by use of printing transferred single-crystal germanium membranes

Hao Chih Yuan, Jonghyun Shin, Guoxuan Qin, Lei Sun, Pallab Bhattacharya, Max G. Lagally, George K. Celler, Zhenqiang Ma

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Abstract

This letter presents studies of multiwavelength flexible photodetectors on a plastic substrate by use of printing transferred single-crystal germanium (Ge) membranes. Ge membranes of 250 nm thickness with selectively ion-implantation doped regions were released from a germanium-on-insulator substrate and integrated with a 175-μm -thick polyethylene terephthalate substrate via a dry printing technique. Photodiodes configured in lateral p-i-n configuration using the flexible Ge membranes with an intrinsic region width of 10 μm exhibit an external quantum efficiency that varies from 5% at 411 nm to 42% at 633 nm under -1 V bias condition. These results demonstrate the potential of utilizing single-crystal Ge-membrane photodiodes for imaging applications and as solar cells on objects with arbitrary curvatures and shapes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013102
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume94
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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