High intensity induced photocurrent polarity switching in lead sulfide nanowire field effect transistors.

Nanotechnology

PubMedID: 24763392

Yang Y, Peng X, Yu D. High intensity induced photocurrent polarity switching in lead sulfide nanowire field effect transistors. Nanotechnology. 2014;25(19):195202.
We report an optoelectronic investigation of lead sulfide nanowires (NWs) by scanning photocurrent microscopy. The photocurrent in p-type lead sulfide NW field effect transistors has demonstrated unusually nonlinear dependence on the intensity of local excitation. Surprisingly, the photocurrent polarity can be reversed under high illumination intensity on the order of 100 W cm(-2). The origin of this photocurrent polarity switching is that the photo-injected carriers flip the direction of the electric field near the contact. These observations shed light on the nonlinear optoelectronic characteristics in semiconductor nanostructures and may provide an innovative method for optically tailoring local band structures.