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Surface treatment and protection method for cadmium zinc telluride crystals

United States Patent

February 21, 2006
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A method for treatment of the surface of a CdZnTe (CZT) crystal that provides a native dielectric coating to reduce surface leakage currents and thereby, improve the resolution of instruments incorporating detectors using CZT crystals. A two step process is disclosed, etching the surface of a CZT crystal with a solution of the conventional bromine/methanol etch treatment, and after attachment of electrical contacts, passivating the CZT crystal surface with a solution of 10 w/o NH.sub.4F and 10 w/o H.sub.2O.sub.2 in water.
Wright; Gomez W. (Nashville, TN), James; Ralph B. (Livermore, CA), Burger; Arnold (Nashville, TN), Chinn; Douglas A. (Livermore, CA)
Sandia National Laboratories (Livermore, CA)
10/ 326,430
December 19, 2002
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under government contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention, including a paid-up license and the right, in limited circumstances, to require the owner of any patent issuing in this invention to license others on reasonable terms.