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Nanotechnology. 2017 Nov 24;28(47):475706. doi: 10.1088/1361-6528/aa8fa5.

Optical properties and bridge photodetector integration of lead sulfide nanowires.

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Department of Physics, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.


We studied optical properties and photocurrent characteristics of PbS nanowires grown by chemical vapor deposition. Distinct bandedge photoluminescence (PL) emission was observed in the mid-infrared spectral range and the quantum confinement effect estimated from the PL peak energy was within 40 meV, consistent with the average diameter of the nanowire (∼70 nm) being significantly larger than the exciton Bohr radius (∼18 nm). We also demonstrated interdigit photo detectors making use of these PbS nanowires suspended between two pre-patterned Ti electrodes, where Ti also acted as metal catalyst for the nanowire growth. The threshold wavelength of the photocurrent was found to be ∼3 μm at room temperature.


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