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Enhanced Optical Power of InGaN/GaN Light-Emitting Diode by AlGaN Interlayer and Electron Blocking Layer

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7 Author(s)
Sang-Jun Lee ; Sch. of Mater. Sci. & Eng., Gwangju Inst. of Sci. & Technol., Gwangju, South Korea ; Chu-Young Cho ; Sang-Hyun Hong ; Sang-Heon Han
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We report on the effect of an AlGaN interlayer with a low Al composition, which is inserted between multiple quantum wells (MQWs) and an AlGaN electron blocking layer (EBL) in light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The band diagram shows that this interlayer reduces the hole barrier height between the last GaN barrier in MQWs and the AlGaN EBL to enhance the hole injection. The optical output power at 20 mA of LEDs with interlayer is increased by 20% more than that of LEDs without an interlayer. This improvement is attributed to the enhanced radiative recombination rate, which is due to a more uniform hole distribution and higher hole concentration in MQWs.

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Photonics Technology Letters, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 22 )