Thallium bromide (TIBr) semiconductors and devices with extended life apparatus, methods, and system

Patent Number: 10,516,068
Issued: 12/24/2019
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Abstract: Various technologies pertaining to formation or treatment of a thallium bromide crystal to improve the operable lifespan of a device that incorporates the thallium bromide crystal are described herein. In exemplary embodiments, treatments including focused ion beam implantation, selective material removal, and buffer layer application are performed on a thallium bromide crystal to inhibit motion of dislocations toward a region at which an electrical contact is desirably installed. In other exemplary embodiments, a thallium bromide crystal is doped with impurities during formation that inhibit the motion of dislocations in the crystal. In still other exemplary embodiments, a thallium bromide crystal is formed by way of processes that inhibit dislocation formation during crystal growth or eliminate dislocations in an existing thallium bromide mass.
Filed: 1/4/2018
Application Number: 15/862,307
Government Interests: STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-NA0003525 awarded by the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration. The Government has certain rights in the invention.