Abstract A two-stack multi-color quantum dot infrared photodetector (QDIP) for detection in the 8–12 μm spectral window was introduced. The top stack was made up of 8 periods of In 0.5Ga 0.5As/GaAs QDs, and the second stack consists of 8 periods of InAs/GaAs QDs, and a 500 Å GaAs spacer was used for each period in both stacks. A photoresponse peak around 7.9–9.0 μm was observed for the top stack, while two additional peaks (i.e., 7.2 and 10.6 μm) were found for the bottom stack. Thermionic emission current and thermally assisted tunneling current were found to be the major dark current components. The normal incident responsivity was observed up to 130 K for the top stack, and 110 K for the bottom stack, with S/ N>1. At V b=−0.8 V and T=40 K, the BLIP detectivity D ∗ BLIP was found to be 4.52 × 10 9 cm Hz 1/2/W at λ p=8.4 μm in the top stack. At V b=−0.77 V and T=40 K, the value of D ∗ BLIP was found to be 2.06 × 10 9 cm Hz 1/2/W at λ p=10.6 μm for the bottom stack.