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Published April 28, 2017 | Published
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Materials and process development for the fabrication of far ultraviolet device-integrated filters for visible-blind Si sensors


In this work, we show that the direct integration of ultraviolet metal-dielectric filters with Si sensors can improve throughput over external filter approaches, and yield devices with UV quantum efficiencies greater than 50%, with rejection ratios of visible light greater than 10^3. In order to achieve these efficiencies, two-dimensional doping methods are used to increase the UV sensitivity of back-illuminated Si sensors. Integrated filters are then deposited by a combination of Al evaporation and atomic layer deposition of dielectric spacer layers. At far UV wavelengths these filters require the use of non-absorbing dielectrics, and we have pursued the development of new atomic layer deposition processes for metal fluorides materials of MgF_2, AlF_3 and LiF. The performance of the complete multilayer filters on Si photodiodes and CCD imaging sensors, and the design and fabrication challenges associated with this development are demonstrated. This includes the continued development of deep diffused silicon avalanche photodiodes designed to detect the fast 220 nm emission component of barium fluoride scintillation crystals, while optically rejecting a slower component at 300 nm.

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© 2017 Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). The research described in this paper was carried out in part at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. APD work was supported by a collaborative effort of Caltech, JPL, and RMD Inc., under SBIR grant DE-SC0011316, and by the Department of Energy. The authors wish to thank K. Balasubramanian at JPL for assistance with the FUV reflectance measurements.

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