We report the synthesis, fabrication and testing of a 320 × 256 focal plane array (FPA) of back-illuminated, solarblind,
p-i-n, AlxGa1-xN-based detectors, fully realized within our research laboratory. We implemented a novel
pulsed atomic layer deposition technique for the metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) growth of crackfree,
thick, and high Al composition AlxGa1-xN layers. Following the growth, the wafer was processed into a 320 ×
256 array of 25 μm × 25 μm pixels on a 30 μm pixel-pitch and surrounding mini-arrays. A diagnostic mini-array was
hybridized to a silicon fan-out chip to allow the study of electrical and optical characteristics of discrete pixels of the
FPA. At a reverse bias of 1 V, an average photodetector exhibited a low dark current density of 1.12×10-8 A/cm2.
Solar-blind operation is observed throughout the array with peak detection occurring at wavelengths of 256 nm and
lower and falling off three orders of magnitude by 285 nm. After indium bump deposition and dicing, the FPA is
hybridized to a matching ISC 9809 readout integrated circuit (ROIC). By developing a novel masking technology, we
significantly reduced the visible response of the ROIC and thus the need for external filtering to achieve solar- and
visible-blind operation is eliminated. This allowed the FPA to achieve high external quantum efficiency (EQE): at 254
nm, average pixels showed unbiased peak responsivity of 75 mA/W, which corresponds to an EQE of ~37%. Finally,
the uniformity of the FPA and imaging properties are investigated.