We report on the device model for the infrared photodetectors based on the van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures with the radiation absorbing graphene layers (GLs). These devices rely on the electron interband photoexcitation from the valence band of the GLs to the continuum states in the conduction band of the inter-GL barrier layers. We calculate the photocurrent and the GL infrared photodetector (GLIP) responsivity at weak and strong intensities of the incident radiation and conclude that the GLIPs can surpass or compete with the existing infrared and terahertz photodetectors. The obtained results can be useful for the GLIP design and optimization.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics