A Schottky-based metal-semiconductor-metal photodetector is fabricated on 1 mu m-thick, crack-free GaN on Si (I 11) substrate using an optimized AlxGal-xN/AlN complex buffer layer. It exhibits a high responsivity of 4600A/W at 366nm which may be due to both a crack-free sample and high internal gain. The relationship between responsivity and bias voltage is also investigated. The experiment results indicate that the responsivity increases with the bias voltage and shows a tendency to saturate. (c) 2007 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH &Co. KGaA, Weinheim.