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Improving light output power of InGaN-based light emitting diodes with pattern-nanoporous p-type GaN:Mg surfaces

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Yang, Chung Chieh ; Department of Materials Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan ; Lin, Chia Feng ; Lin, Chun Min ; Chang, Cheng Chien
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InGaN-based light emitting diodes (LEDs) with a top pattern-nanoporous p-type GaN:Mg surface were fabricated by using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) process. The peak wavelengths of electroluminescence (EL) and operating voltages were measured as 461.2 nm (3.1 V), 459.6 nm (9.2 V), and 460.1 nm (3.3 V) for conventional, nanoporous, and pattern-nanoporous LEDs using 20 mA operation current. The EL spectrum of the nanoporous LED had a larger blueshift phenomenon as a result of a partial compression strain release in the InGaN active layer through the formation of a top nanoporous surface. The light output power had 12.1% and 26.4% enhancements for the nanoporous and the pattern-nanoporous LEDs compared with conventional LEDs. The larger operating voltage of the nanoporous LED was due to the non-ohmic contact on the PEC treated p-type GaN:Mg surface. By using a pattern-nanoporous p-type GaN:Mg structure, the operating voltage of the pattern-nanoporous LED was reduced to 3.3 V. A lower compression strain in the InGaN active layer and a higher light extraction efficiency at the top nanoporous surface were observed in pattern-nanoporous LEDs for higher efficiency nitride-based LED applications.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:93 ,  Issue: 20 )