Photovoltaic Properties of CdO/Porous Si Heterojunction Photodetector.

Abstract

CdO/porous Si heterojunction photodetector have been fabricated by rapid thermal oxidation (RTO) of Cd on porous has been presented. The electrical and photovoltaic properties of this structure have been studied. The electrochemical etching process has been used as a technique to control the porosity of silicon wafer by controlling the time of etching in the range (600s-2400s). The results revealed that all our detector parameters are highly dependant on etching time. The minimum value of ideality factor was 1.28 for the detectors prepared with etching current density of 40mA/cm2 for 600s. The results of quantum efficiency showed that these detectors had two depletion regions, the first one between CdO film and porous silicon layer, the second between the latter and the crystalline silicon. The first peak of quantum efficiency curve was 77% at wavelength 550nm while the second one was 88% at 700nm. The maximum specific detectivity was at wavelength 550nm for the detectors fabricated with etching current density 40mA/cm2 and etching time 2400s. All the detectors are working on the spectrum region 400-700nm. The maximum Isc and Voc were 19A, 0.28mV respectively for the detectors fabricated with etching current density 40mA/cm2 and etching time 1200s.