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Reducing inter-pixel crosstalk in HgCdTe detectors

  • Vallone, M.
  • Goano, M.
  • Bertazzi, F.
  • Ghione, G.
  • Palmieri, A.
  • Hanna, S.
  • Eich, D.
  • Figgemeier, H.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2020
PORTO Publications Open Repository TOrino
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In state-of-the-art, large format, HgCdTe-based infrared focal plane arrays the typical pixel size (3–10 μm) is of the order of the operating wavelength and much smaller than the carrier diffusion length. This makes inter-pixel crosstalk a limiting factor, especially in planar structures. Employing three-dimensional electromagnetic and electrical simulations we show that, besides reducing the dark current through Auger suppression, majority carrier depletion of the detector absorber is also effective in curtailing the inter-pixel crosstalk due to carrier diffusion. In the case of a 5μm-pitch pixel, a proper design of the absorber composition and doping profile allows to reduce inter-pixel crosstalk by more than a factor of two when increasing the reverse bias from −0.1 to −0.5V, keeping the contribution to crosstalk coming from carrier diffusion between 2 and 12% in the mid- and long-wavelength infrared spectrum.

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