Phototransistors are a kind of transistors in which the incident light intensity can modulate the charge-carrier density in the channel. Compared with conventional photodiodes, phototransistors enable easier control of light-detection sensitivity without problems such as the noise increment. However, to date, the research has mostly focused on thin-film OPTs, and nanoscale OPTs have scarcely been reported.
OPTs have many intrinsic advantages over their inorganic counterparts, such as the chemical tunability of optoelectronic properties by molecular design and high potential in low cost, light-weight, flexible applications.
Single-crystalline nano-/microwires (NWs/MWs) based on organic semiconductors have attracted great interest recently as they are promising building blocks for various electronic and optoelectronic applications. In particular, OPTs based on single-crystalline NWs/MWs may yield higher light sensitivity than their bulk counterparts. In addition, their one-dimensional, intrinsically defect-free and highly ordered nature will allow a deeper understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of charge generation and transport in OPTs, while enabling a bottom-up fabrication of optoelectronic nanodevices
Prof. Joon Hak Oh and Hojeong Yu, working at UNIST, together with Prof. Zhenan Bao at Stanford University, USA, have worked on n-channel single-crystalline nanowire organic phototransistors (NW-OPTs) and observed significant enhancement in the charge-carrier mobility of NW-OPTs.
Prof. Oh said, ¡°The development of OPTs based on n-channel single-crystalline organic semiconducting NWs/MWs is highly desirable for the bottom-up fabrication of complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-like photoelectronic circuits, which provides various advantages such as high operational stability, easy control of photoswitching voltages, high photosensitivity and responsivity.¡±
The photoelectronic characteristics of the single-crystalline NW-OPTs such as the photoresponsivity, the photo-switching ratio, and the photoconductive gain, were analyzed from the I-V characteristics coupled with light irradiation and compared with those of vacuum-deposited thin-film devices. The external quantum efficiencies (EQEs) were also investigated for the NW-OPTs and thin-film OPTs. In addition, they calculated the charge accumulation and release rates from deep traps, and investigated the effects of incident light intensity on their photoelectronic properties.
A mobility enhancement is observed when the incident optical power density increases and the wavelength of the light source matches the light-absorption range of the photoactive material. The photoswitching ratio is strongly dependent upon the incident optical power density, whereas the photoresponsivity is more dependent on matching the light-source wavelength with the maximum absorption range of the photoactive material.
NW-OPTs based on n-channel semiconductor, N,N ¡ä-bis(2-phenylethyl)-perylene-3,4:9,10-tetracarboxylic diimide (BPE-PTCDI), exhibited much higher external quantum efficiency (EQE) values (¡Ö7900 times larger) than thin-film OPTs, with a maximum EQE of 263 000%. This phenomena result from the intrinsically defect-free single-crystalline nature of the BPE-PTCDI NWs. In addition, an approach was devised to analyze the charge-transport behaviors using charge accumulation/release rates from deep traps under on/off switching of external light sources.
¡°Our approach to charge-accumulation/release-rate calculations could provide a fundamental understanding about charge-carrier-density variations under light irradiation, which subsequently enables in-depth study of OPTs,¡± said Prof. Oh, ¡°Hence organic single-crystalline NW-OPTs are a highly promising alternative to conventional thin-film-type photodiodes, and can effectively pave the way for optoelectronic device miniaturization.¡±
This research was supported by a National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) Grant funded by the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology (MEST), and the Global Frontier Research Center for Advanced Soft Electronics and published in Advanced Functional Materials (Title: High-Performance Phototransistors Based on Single-Crystalline n-Channel Organic Nanowires and Photogenerated Charge-Carrier Behaviors, 5 Feb 2013).
The article can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adfm.201201848/abstract
Eunhee Song | Source: EurekAlert!
Further information: www.unist.ac.kr
Further Reports about: Advanced Investigator Grant > building block > electronic circuit > electronic properties > fundamental mechanism > High-Performance > information technology > light source > NW-OPTs > OPTs > Phototransistor
More articles from Materials Sciences:
Printing artificial bone
18.06.2013 | Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Coatings Could Help Medical Implants Function Better
18.06.2013 | University of Alabama Huntsville
... two engines aircraft project “Elektro E6”.
The countdown has been started for opening the gates again for the worldwide leading aviation and space event in Le Bourget, Paris from June 17th - 23rd, 2013.
EADCO & PC-Aero will present at the Paris Air Show in Hall H4 booth F-7 their new future aircraft and innovative project: ...
Siemens scientists have developed new kinds of ceramics in which they can embed transformers.
The new development allows power supply transformers to be reduced to one fifth of their current size so that the normally separate switched-mode power supply units of light-emitting diodes can be integrated into the module's heat sink.
The new technology was developed in cooperation with industrial and research partners who ...
Cheaper clean-energy technologies could be made possible thanks to a new discovery.
Led by Raymond Schaak, a professor of chemistry at Penn State University, research team members have found that an important chemical reaction that generates hydrogen from water is effectively triggered -- or catalyzed -- by a nanoparticle composed of nickel and phosphorus, two inexpensive elements that are abundant on Earth. ...
The Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT generated a lot of interest at the LASER World of Photonics 2013 trade fair with its numerous industrial laser technology innovations.
Its highlights included beam sources and manufacturing processes for ultrashort laser pulses as well as ways to systematically optimize machining processes using computer simulations. There was even a specialist booth at the fair dedicated to the revolutionary technological potential of digital photonic production.
Now in its fortieth year, LASER World ...
It's not reruns of "The Jetsons", but researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new microscopy technique that uses a process similar to how an old tube television produces a picture—cathodoluminescence—to image nanoscale features.
Combining the best features of optical and scanning electron microscopy, the fast, versatile, and high-resolution technique allows scientists to view surface and subsurface features potentially as small as 10 nanometers in size.
The new microscopy technique, described in the journal AIP Advances,* uses a beam of electrons to excite a specially ...
18.06.2013 | Materials Sciences
18.06.2013 | Health and Medicine
18.06.2013 | Life Sciences
14.06.2013 | Event News
13.06.2013 | Event News
10.06.2013 | Event News