Tellurium Secondary-Phase Defects in CdZnTe and their Association With the 1.1-eV Deep Trap

Jonghee Suh, Jinki Hong, J. Franc, A. E. Bolotnikov, A. Hossain, Ralph B. James, Kihyun Kim

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Defects located at the EC - 1.1 (eV) level, which are electro-optically active deep traps, generally have been overlooked since their presence cannot be detected except for those in highly resistive CdTe compounds. The origin of this trap is still debated on whether it is from Te vacancies or from dislocations induced by secondary phase defects in Te. We have grown high-resistivity Te-rich CZT ingots to clarify the origin of the 1.1 eV defects and to analyze the defect levels in the CZT samples by current deep level transient spectroscopy (I-DLTS)and photoluminescence (PL). From the analysis, defect levels such as shallow acceptor/donor, A-centers, Cd vacancies and Te antisite appeared to be in both high and low concentrations of Te inclusions, but the level of 1.1-eV defects exhibited dependence on the density of Te inclusion in the CZT samples. We also evaluated the effect of the 1.1-eV deep-level defects on the detector's performance in point view of carrier trapping and de-trapping.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7539359
Pages (from-to)2657-2661
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korean government (MSIP) (NRF-2015M2B2A9032788, NRF-2015M2A2A4A01045094), and by the U.S. DOE/NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation R&D.

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© 2016 IEEE.


  • 1.1-eV traps
  • CdZnTe
  • I-DLTS
  • Te inclusions
  • Te secondary-phase defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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