Abstract

Recent work by Pejova [Mater. Res. Bull. 43, 2887 (2008)] showed that the widely cited classical photocurrent theory of DeVore [Phys. Rev. 102, 86 (1956)] does not necessarily apply for photocurrent experiments carried out on thin-film semiconductors. In this Letter, we theoretically and experimentally justify the successful use of the photocurrent model published by Bouchenaki et al. [J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 691 (1991)].

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  1. Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
    [CrossRef]
  2. B. Pejova, in Progress in Solid State Chemistry Research, R.W.Buckley, ed. (Nova Science, 2007), pp. 55–115.
  3. B. Pejova, Mater. Res. Bull. 43, 2887 (2008).
    [CrossRef]
  4. H. B. DeVore, Phys. Rev. 102, 86 (1956).
    [CrossRef]
  5. C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 691 (1991).
    [CrossRef]
  6. C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
    [CrossRef]
  7. A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
    [CrossRef]
  8. S. Yano, R. Schroeder, H. Sakai, and B. Ullrich, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2026 (2003).
    [CrossRef]
  9. B. Ullrich, I. Kulac, and H. Pint, J. Appl. Phys. 31, L856(1992).
    [CrossRef]
  10. S. M. Ryvkin, Photoelectric Effects in Semiconductors (Consultants Bureau, 1964).
  11. D. Dutton, Phys. Rev. 112, 785 (1958).
    [CrossRef]
  12. B. Ullrich, S. Yano, R. Schroeder, and H. Sakai, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 1914 (2003).
    [CrossRef]
  13. H. J. Queisser, Phys. Rev. Lett. 54, 234 (1985).
    [CrossRef] [PubMed]

2008 (1)

B. Pejova, Mater. Res. Bull. 43, 2887 (2008).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

2003 (2)

S. Yano, R. Schroeder, H. Sakai, and B. Ullrich, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2026 (2003).
[CrossRef]

B. Ullrich, S. Yano, R. Schroeder, and H. Sakai, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 1914 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
[CrossRef]

1992 (1)

B. Ullrich, I. Kulac, and H. Pint, J. Appl. Phys. 31, L856(1992).
[CrossRef]

1991 (1)

1990 (1)

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
[CrossRef]

1985 (1)

H. J. Queisser, Phys. Rev. Lett. 54, 234 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

1958 (1)

D. Dutton, Phys. Rev. 112, 785 (1958).
[CrossRef]

1956 (1)

H. B. DeVore, Phys. Rev. 102, 86 (1956).
[CrossRef]

Ambrico, M.

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Augelli, V.

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Benramdane, N.

Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Bouchenaki, C.

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 691 (1991).
[CrossRef]

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Bouzidi, A.

Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Capozzi, V.

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Chartier, P.

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 691 (1991).
[CrossRef]

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Cong, H. N.

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 691 (1991).
[CrossRef]

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
[CrossRef]

DeVore, H. B.

H. B. DeVore, Phys. Rev. 102, 86 (1956).
[CrossRef]

Dutton, D.

D. Dutton, Phys. Rev. 112, 785 (1958).
[CrossRef]

Erlacher, A.

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Jaeger, H.

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Kebbab, Z.

Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Kulac, I.

B. Ullrich, I. Kulac, and H. Pint, J. Appl. Phys. 31, L856(1992).
[CrossRef]

Medles, M.

Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Pejova, B.

B. Pejova, Mater. Res. Bull. 43, 2887 (2008).
[CrossRef]

B. Pejova, in Progress in Solid State Chemistry Research, R.W.Buckley, ed. (Nova Science, 2007), pp. 55–115.

Pint, H.

B. Ullrich, I. Kulac, and H. Pint, J. Appl. Phys. 31, L856(1992).
[CrossRef]

Queisser, H. J.

H. J. Queisser, Phys. Rev. Lett. 54, 234 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ryvkin, S. M.

S. M. Ryvkin, Photoelectric Effects in Semiconductors (Consultants Bureau, 1964).

Sakai, H.

S. Yano, R. Schroeder, H. Sakai, and B. Ullrich, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2026 (2003).
[CrossRef]

B. Ullrich, S. Yano, R. Schroeder, and H. Sakai, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 1914 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Schroeder, R.

B. Ullrich, S. Yano, R. Schroeder, and H. Sakai, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 1914 (2003).
[CrossRef]

S. Yano, R. Schroeder, H. Sakai, and B. Ullrich, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2026 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Tabet-Derraz, H.

Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Ullrich, B.

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

B. Ullrich, S. Yano, R. Schroeder, and H. Sakai, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 1914 (2003).
[CrossRef]

S. Yano, R. Schroeder, H. Sakai, and B. Ullrich, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2026 (2003).
[CrossRef]

B. Ullrich, I. Kulac, and H. Pint, J. Appl. Phys. 31, L856(1992).
[CrossRef]

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 691 (1991).
[CrossRef]

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Yano, S.

B. Ullrich, S. Yano, R. Schroeder, and H. Sakai, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 1914 (2003).
[CrossRef]

S. Yano, R. Schroeder, H. Sakai, and B. Ullrich, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2026 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Zielinger, J. P.

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 8, 691 (1991).
[CrossRef]

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

S. Yano, R. Schroeder, H. Sakai, and B. Ullrich, Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 2026 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. Appl. Phys. (2)

B. Ullrich, I. Kulac, and H. Pint, J. Appl. Phys. 31, L856(1992).
[CrossRef]

B. Ullrich, S. Yano, R. Schroeder, and H. Sakai, J. Appl. Phys. 93, 1914 (2003).
[CrossRef]

J. Cryst. Growth (1)

C. Bouchenaki, B. Ullrich, J. P. Zielinger, H. N. Cong, and P. Chartier, J. Cryst. Growth 101, 797 (1990).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Mater. Res. Bull. (1)

B. Pejova, Mater. Res. Bull. 43, 2887 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. (2)

H. B. DeVore, Phys. Rev. 102, 86 (1956).
[CrossRef]

D. Dutton, Phys. Rev. 112, 785 (1958).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

H. J. Queisser, Phys. Rev. Lett. 54, 234 (1985).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Semicond. Sci. Technol. (1)

A. Erlacher, M. Ambrico, V. Capozzi, V. Augelli, H. Jaeger, and B. Ullrich, Semicond. Sci. Technol. 19, 1322 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells (1)

Z. Kebbab, N. Benramdane, M. Medles, A. Bouzidi, and H. Tabet-Derraz, Solar Energy Mater. Sol. Cells 71, 449 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

B. Pejova, in Progress in Solid State Chemistry Research, R.W.Buckley, ed. (Nova Science, 2007), pp. 55–115.

S. M. Ryvkin, Photoelectric Effects in Semiconductors (Consultants Bureau, 1964).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Experimental setup used.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) The symbols represent the photocurrent measurements, while the dashed curve was fitted with Eq. (8). (b) Absorption coefficient for the perpendicularly oriented CdS used for the fit. The data were deduced from Dutton’s paper [11].

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Photocurrent decay versus time measured under the illumination of a laser emitting at (a) 488.0 nm and (b) 632.8 nm . The symbols represent the measurements, while solid and dashed curves represent the fits done with Eq. (9).

Equations (10)

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τ ( z ) = τ b [ 1 ( 1 τ s τ b ) exp ( z / L ) ] ,
1 τ ( z ) β 2 n ( z ) n ( z ) τ ( z ) + η I 0 ω α exp ( α ( z ) z ) + μ E E n ( z ) = 0 ,
( 1 + 1 β 2 d τ ( z ) τ ( z ) d z d n ( z ) n ( z ) d z ) n ( z ) = 1 β 2 d 2 n ( z ) d z 2 + τ ( z ) η I 0 ω α ( z ) exp ( α ( z ) z ) ,
j ph = e ( μ n + μ p ) n E + e 1 τ ( 1 β n 2 1 β p 2 ) n ,
d n d z | z = 0 = 0 , d n d z | z = d = 0 ,
I ph = ( l x / l y ) ( Δ U e μ ) 0 d n ( z ) d z ,
( 1 + 1 β 2 d τ τ d z d n n d z ) n ( z ) = 1 β 2 d 2 n d z 2 + τ η I 0 ω α exp ( α z ) .
I ph = ( l x / l y ) ( Δ U e μ ) 0 d ( 1 β 2 d 2 n d z 2 + τ ( z ) η I 0 ω α exp ( α z ) ) d z = I Ph 0 F ,
F = 1 exp ( α d ) ( 1 τ s τ b ) α L 1 + α L [ 1 exp ( α d d / L ) ] .
I ph ( t ) = I Ph 0 exp ( t / τ s , b ) γ .

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