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Author Butenko, A. V. ♦ Sandomirsky, V. ♦ Kahatabi, R. ♦ Dashevsky, Z. ♦ Kasiyan, V. ♦ Zalevsky, Z. ♦ Schlesinger, Y.
Source arXiv.org
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Date of Submission 2008-08-11
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Physics
Subject Keyword Condensed Matter - Other Condensed Matter ♦ physics:cond-mat
Abstract We describe here the first comprehensive investigation of a pyroelectric response of a p-n junction in a non-polar paraelectric semiconductor. The pyroelectric effect is generated by the, temperature dependent, built-in electrical dipole moment. High quality PbTe p-n junctions have been prepared specifically for this experiment. The pyroelectric effect was excited by a continuous CO2 laser beam, modulated by a mechanical chopper. The shape and amplitude of the periodic and single-pulse pyroelectric signals were studied as a function of temperature (10K-130K), reverse bias voltage (up to -500 mV) and chopping frequency (4Hz-2000Hz). The pyroelectric coefficient is about 10^(-3) microC/cm2K in the temperature region 40 - 80 K. The developed theoretical model quantitatively describes all the experimental features of the observed pyroelectric effect. The time evolution of the temperature within the p-n junction was reconstructed.
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