A high-performance self-powered photodetector based on WSe2–graphene–MoTe2 van der Waals heterojunctions†
Self-powered photodetectors can detect light without an external power supply, which is critical for low-power applications and energy conservation. However, achieving high performance self-powered photodetectors remains a challenge. In this paper, we constructed a new WSe2–graphene–MoTe2 van der Waals heterojunction-based self-powered photodetector. This self-powered device shows excellent photoresponse to 550 nm light (10 mW cm−2) with a responsivity of 40.84 mA W−1 and a detectivity of 1.21 × 1011 Jones at zero bias. Moreover, it has an on/off ratio of 103 and a photoresponse time on the order of μs under a 520 nm laser (1 μW) at zero bias. We believe that the dual-Schottky junction heterojunction enables a promising approach for designing self-powered photodetectors.