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Improved Performance of GaN-Based Blue LEDs With the InGaN Insertion Layer Between the MQW Active Layer and the n-GaN Cladding Layer

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9 Author(s)
Chung-Hsun Jang ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Nat. Cheng Kung Univ., Tainan, Taiwan ; Jinn-Kong Sheu ; Tsai, C.M. ; Shoou-Jinn Chang
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In this study, we demonstrate the effect of GaN-based blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), using an InGaN layer inserted between the n-type GaN cladding layer and the active layer (InGaN/GaN multiple quantum well), on improving device performances. With a 20-mA current injection, the results indicate that the typical output power (or forward voltage) of light-emitting diodes grown with, and without, the InGaN insertion layer are approximately 18.1 (3.1) and 15.3(3.5) mW (V), respectively. This corresponds to an enhancement in output power (wall-plug efficiency) of around 18% (33%), with the use of the InGaN insertion layer. In addition, the electrostatic discharge (ESD) endurance voltages increased from 1000 V to 6000 V when the InGaN insertion layer was applied to the GaN/sapphire-based LEDs. The improvement of output power and ESD endurance voltage could be mainly due to the fact that the Si-doped InGaN insertion layer played the role of a current-spreading layer, which led to a lower possibility of junctions suffering a large current density in specific local sites.

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:46 ,  Issue: 4 )