We propose and demonstrate strain-balanced InAs/GaSb type-II superlattices (T2SLs) grown on InAs substrates employing GaAs-like interfacial (IF) layers by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) for effective strain management, simplified growth scheme, improved materials crystalline quality, and reduced substrate absorption. The in-plane compressive strain from the GaSb layers in the T2SLs on the InAs was completely balanced by the GaAs-like IF layers formed by controlled precursor carry-over and anion exchange effects, avoiding the use of complicated IF layers and precursor switching schemes that were used for the MOCVD growth of T2SLs on GaSb. An infrared (IR) p-i-n photodiode structure with 320-period InAs/GaSb T2SLs on InAs was grown and the fabricated devices show improved performance characteristics with a peak responsivity of ∼1.9 A/W and a detectivity of ∼6.78 109 Jones at 8 m at 78 K. In addition, the InAs buffer layer and substrate show a lower IR absorption coefficient than GaSb substrates in most of the mid- and long-IR spectral range.
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