Interfacial Engineering for Photomultiplication Type Organic Photodetectors with Signal-Noise-Ratio Over 89 000

Ming Liu, Qi Yao, Shipei Li, Yunke Qin, Sang Young Jeong, Yao Ma, Liang Shen, Xiaoling Ma, Kaixuan Yang, Guangcai Yuan, Han Young Woo, Fujun Zhang

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Photomultiplication type organic photodetectors (PM-OPDs) exhibit obvious superiority in weak light detection due to their low dark current density (JD) and large photo-induced current density (JPI). The JD is one of the important parameters that influences light detection sensitivity of PM-OPDs, how to effectively suppress the JD is a great challenge to improve the performance of PM-OPDs. In this work, the JD of PM-OPDs can be suppressed by employing PTAA or doped-PTAA as the interfacial layer replacing PEDOT:PSS layer. The PM-OPDs with PTAA layer exhibit a low JD of 2.3 × 10−7 A cm−2 under −6 V bias, which is much smaller than 1.4 × 10−6 A cm−2 for PM-OPDs with PEDOT:PSS layer. The small molecule DRCN5T is incorporated into PTAA to further passivate surficial defects of PTAA films, which is conducive to reducing the leakage current of PM-OPDs. The optimal PM-OPDs exhibit rather low JD of 8.4 × 10−8 A cm−2 under −6 V bias, as well as external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 31700% and specific detectivity (D*) of 1.2 × 1013 Jones at 370 nm. The signal-noise-ratio of optimal PM-OPDs arrives to 89600 under −4.5 V bias under white light illumination with intensity of 1.5 mW cm−2.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAdvanced Optical Materials
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

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  • dark current density
  • external quantum efficiency
  • organic photodetectors
  • photomultiplication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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