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Investigation on the photoconductive behaviors of an individual AlN nanowire under different excited lights

Fei Liu12*, Lifang Li12, Tongyi Guo12, Haibo Gan12, Xiaoshu Mo12, Jun Chen12, Shaozhi Deng12 and Ningsheng Xu12

Author Affiliations

1 State Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Materials and Technologies, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Display Material and Technology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275, People’s Republic of China

2 School of Physics and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, 510275, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:454  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-454

Published: 11 August 2012

Abstract

Ultra-long AlN nanowire arrays are prepared by chemical vapor deposition, and the photoconductive performances of individual nanowires are investigated in our self-built measurement system. Individual ultra-long AlN nanowire (UAN) exhibits a clear photoconductive effect under different excited lights. We attribute the positive photocurrent response of individual UAN to the dominant molecular sensitization effect. It is found that they have a much faster response speed (a rise and decay time of about 1 ms), higher photocurrent response (2.7×106), and more reproductive working performance (the photocurrent fluctuation is lower than 2%) in the air environment. Their better photoconductive performances are comparable to many nanostructures, which are suggested to be a candidate for building promising photosensitive nanodevices in the future.

Keywords:
UAN; Photoconductive behaviors; Different wavelengths of illumination