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Numerical Study on Quantum Efficiency Enhancement of a Light-Emitting Diode Based on Surface Plasmon Coupling With a Quantum Well

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4 Author(s)
Wen-Hung Chuang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Taiwan Univ., Taipei ; Wang, Jyh-Yang ; Yang, C.C. ; Yean-Woei Kiang

We demonstrate the numerical study results of the enhancements of internal quantum efficiency (IQE) and external quantum efficiency (EQE) of a semiconductor quantum well when it is coupled with surface plasmons (SPs) induced on a grating interface between Ag and semiconductor. The IQE and EQE enhancements depend on the emission dipole position and the assigned intrinsic IQE. The SP dissipation in metal and the grazing-angle SP radiation lead to a significant difference between IQE and EQE. The enhancement of EQE is less significant when the intrinsic IQE becomes larger. In applying the SP coupling phenomenon to an InGaN-GaN quantum-well light-emitting diode, the efficiency enhancement is more significant in the green-red range, in which the intrinsic IQE is normally quite low.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:20 ,  Issue: 16 )