Optimization of the Number of Quantum Well Pairs for High-Brightness AlGaInP-Based Light Emitting Diodes
We investigated high-brightness light emitting diodes (LEDs) appropriate for general lighting applications in terms of their temperature dependent photoluminescence characteristics and device performance according to the change of quantum well pairs (QWs). As the number of QWs was increased from 2 to 35 pairs, radiative recombination efficiency and device performances significantly improved, due to the suppression of carrier overflow by decreasing the carrier density in the active region and shortening the carrier transfer time from barrier to well. At a further increase in the number of QWs to 50 pairs, however, the optical and device performances started to degrade because of the increase in internal loss in the active region, such as the well volume itself acting as light absorbing layer and due to the aluminum oxide complexes in the barrier.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 01 February 2011
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