Bendable Photodetector on Fibers Wrapped with Flexible Ultrathin Single Crystalline Silicon Nanomembranes
2017-03-29T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
Silicon (Si) nanomembranes (NMs) enable conformal covering on complicated surfaces for novel applications. We adopt classical fibers as flexible/curved substrates and wrap them with freestanding ultrathin Si-NMs with a thickness of ∼20 nm. Intrinsic defects in single-crystalline Si-NMs provide a flow path for hydrofluoric acid (HF) to release the NM with a consecutive area of ∼0.25 cm2. Such Si-NMs with ultralow flexural rigidities are transferred onto a single-mode fiber (SMF) and functionalized into bendable photodetectors, which detects the leaked light when the fiber is bent. Our demonstration exemplifies optoelectronic applications in flexible photodetector for Si-NMs in a three-dimensional (3D) geometry.