The presently available commercial photodetectors have a broadband photoresponse and require different external optical filters to block the undesired light outside the detection spectrum window, e.g., near-infrared (NIR) detection. The use of an NIR bandpass has technical limitations in curved or flexible large-area photodetectors, as an NIR bandpass depends critically on the difference in the interference of the optical path in the filter. This work reports the effort to develop a high-performance filter-free organic photodetector (OPD) with a double bulk heterojunction (BHJ) structure. The visible-blind NIR photodetection is realized by eliminating the photocurrent generated in the front visible light-absorbing BHJ optical depletion layer, due to the suppression of electron transport by incorporating a copper thiocyanate-based electron-blocking layer in the OPD. Only excitons generated in the rear NIR-absorbing BHJ contribute to photocurrent in the OPD, thereby achieving visible-blind NIR photodetection. The double BHJ OPD has a high responsivity of 0.38 A/W at 1050 nm and a specific detectivity of >1013 Jones over the wavelength range from 800 to 1050 nm, making it an ideal candidate for applications in optical communication, food quality detection, wellness monitoring, and NIR image sensors.
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