Depolarization electric field and poling voltage-modulated Pb,La(Zr,Ti)O3-based self-powered ultraviolet photodetectors

Ying Zhang, Jian Chen, Yixing Cai, Qingfeng Zhang, Yinmei Lu, Haitao Huang, Yunbin He

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Traditional self-powered ultraviolet photodetectors, which are usually designed based on p-n junction interfacial effects, exhibit low responsivity and specific detectivity because the photogenerated electrons and holes cannot be separated effectively. Unlike wide band-gap semiconductor materials, ferroelectrics have large remnant polarization and thus high depolarization electric field throughout the whole bulk region, which can cause effective separation of photogenerated electrons and holes. Based on this, in this study, we prepare Pb0.93La0.07(Zr1-xTix)0.9825O3 (PLZT) ferroelectric thin films with large remnant polarization and self-powered ultraviolet photodetectors with Au/PLZT/FTO structure. The results indicate that the photoelectric response performances of the detectors improve as the remnant polarization of the PLZT thin film and positive poling voltage increase. By adjusting the Ti content, due to large remnant polarization of 47.4 μC/cm2 in the PLZT thin films with 80 mol% Ti, the corresponding photodetector exhibits the best self-powered ultraviolet photoelectric response with the high photo/dark current ratio of 2600, responsivity of 2.05 mA/W, specific detectivity of 5.45 × 1010 Jones, and fast response speed (rise time of 18 ms). These values are superior to those of recently reported self-powered ultraviolet photodetectors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)928-935
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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