4H-SiC based p-n junction UV photo-detectors were irradiated with 600 keV He+ in the fluence range of 5 x 10(11) divided by 5 x 10(14) ion/cm(2) in order to investigate their radiation hardness. The effects of irradiation on the electro-optical performance were monitored in dark condition and in the UV (200 divided by 400 nm) range, as well as in the visible region confirming the typical visible blindness of unirradiated and irradiated SiC photo-sensors. A decrease of UV optical responsivity occurred after irradiation and two fluence regimes were identified. At low fluence (<10(13) ions/cm(2)), a considerable reduction of optical responsivity (of about 50%) was measured despite the absence of relevant dark current changes. The presence of irradiation induced point defects and then the reduction of photo-generated charge lifetime are responsible for a reduction of the charge collection efficiency and then of the relevant optical response reduction: point defects act as recombination centers for the photo-generated charges, which recombine during the drift/diffusion toward the electrodes. At higher irradiation fluence, the optical responsivity is strongly reduced due to the formation of complex defects. The threshold between low and high fluence is about 100 kGy, confirming the radiation hardness of SiC photo-sensors.

Radiation Hardness of 4H-SiC P-N Junction UV Photo-Detector

Sciuto, Antonella;Calcagno, Lucia;Pellegrino, Domenico;D'Arrigo, Giuseppe
2021-01-01

Abstract

4H-SiC based p-n junction UV photo-detectors were irradiated with 600 keV He+ in the fluence range of 5 x 10(11) divided by 5 x 10(14) ion/cm(2) in order to investigate their radiation hardness. The effects of irradiation on the electro-optical performance were monitored in dark condition and in the UV (200 divided by 400 nm) range, as well as in the visible region confirming the typical visible blindness of unirradiated and irradiated SiC photo-sensors. A decrease of UV optical responsivity occurred after irradiation and two fluence regimes were identified. At low fluence (<10(13) ions/cm(2)), a considerable reduction of optical responsivity (of about 50%) was measured despite the absence of relevant dark current changes. The presence of irradiation induced point defects and then the reduction of photo-generated charge lifetime are responsible for a reduction of the charge collection efficiency and then of the relevant optical response reduction: point defects act as recombination centers for the photo-generated charges, which recombine during the drift/diffusion toward the electrodes. At higher irradiation fluence, the optical responsivity is strongly reduced due to the formation of complex defects. The threshold between low and high fluence is about 100 kGy, confirming the radiation hardness of SiC photo-sensors.
2021
UV photo-detector
defects
ion irradiation
optical responsivity
p-n diode
radiation hardness
silicon carbide
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