Ultrahigh photosensitivity and detectivity of hydrogen-treated TiO2 nanorod array/SiO2/Si heterojunction broadband photodetectors and its mechanism

C. C. Ling, T. C. Guo, W. B. Lu, X. F. Li, L. Zhu, M. Ma, Q. Z. Xue

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It is demonstrated that hydrogen treatment as a simple, effective strategy can greatly improve the broadband photo-responsive performance of pristine TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs)/SiO2/n-Si heterojunctions. The hydrogen-treated TiO2 NRAs/SiO2/n-Si heterojunction shows a stable, repeatable and broadband photo response from 365 nm to 980 nm at 100 μW cm-2. The responsivity (R) of H:TiO2 NRAs/SiO2/n-Si approaches the ultrahigh value of 468 A W-1 and it has an outstanding detectivity (D∗) of 1.96 × 1014 cm Hz1/2 W-1 and an excellent sensitivity (S) of 2.63 × 107 cm2 W-1, in contrast to the values of R (10-6-10-1 A W-1) or S (2 × 103 cm2 W-1) from reported TiO2 nanofilm/TiO2 NRAs/n-Si(111) photodetectors, indicating a huge responsivity enhancement of up to 4-8 orders of magnitude. Additionally, the response and recovery time are extremely short (3.5-3.9 ms). The comprehensive characteristics make the device stand out among the previously reported 1D metal oxide nanostructure/Si based photodetectors. In fact, the R, S and D∗ values of the heterojunction are 2-4 orders of magnitude higher than those of some new 2D nanomaterials/Si based photodetectors. The excellent photo-responsive performance may be attributed to the energy band structure of the TiO2@TiO2-xHx core/shell structure, the interface effect of the TiO2@TiO2-xHx/Si heterojunction, etc. This research provides a new concept for the design of other metal oxide based heterojunction photodetectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2319-2328
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry C
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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