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Front. Chem. | doi: 10.3389/fchem.2018.00575

Road Map for Nanocrystal based Infrared Photodetectors

 Clement Livache1, Bertille Martinez1,  Nicolas goubet2, Julien Ramade1 and  Emmanuel Lhuillier2*
  • 1Sorbonne Universités, France
  • 2Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

Infrared (IR) sensors based on epitaxially grown semiconductors face two main challenges which are their prohibitive cost and the difficulty to rise the operating temperature. The quest for alternative technologies which will tackle these two difficulties requires the development of new IR active materials. Over the past decade, significant progresses have been achieved. In this perspective, we summarize the current state of the art relative to nanocrystal based IR sensing and stress the main materials, devices and industrial challenges which will have to be addressed over the 5 next years.

Keywords: infrared, nanocrystal, interband, Photodetection, intraband

Received: 13 Sep 2018; Accepted: 05 Nov 2018.

Edited by:

Maksym Yarema, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Reviewed by:

Dmitry Aldakov, CEA Grenoble, France
Maria Ibáñez, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria), Austria  

Copyright: © 2018 Livache, Martinez, goubet, Ramade and Lhuillier. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Emmanuel Lhuillier, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Paris, 75794, Île-de-France, France,