In-situ spectroscopic analysis of the recombination kinetics in UVB LEDs during their operation

J. Ruschel1, J. Glaab1, F. Mahler2, T. Kolbe1, S. Einfeldt1, and J.W. Tomm2

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Appl. Phys. Lett., vol. 117, no. 12, pp. 121104, DOI: 10.1063/5.0018751 (2020).

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The recombination kinetics in the quantum well (QW) active region of ultraviolet light emitting diodes have been measured in situ during device operation. Non-radiative recombination is enhanced with increasing operation time. Saturation effects allow us to estimate that the density of non-radiative recombination centers in the QW layers increases by ∼5×1015cm-3 after operation. Corresponding defects are proposed to be present in the pristine device already. The recombination kinetics after optical excitation can be controlled by an additionally applied DC. The experimental approach allows the direct comparison and quantification of the effects of optically and electrically generated non-equilibrium carriers on the QW luminescence.

1 Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Leibniz-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik, Gustav-Kirchhoff-Str. 4, 12489 Berlin, Germany
2 Max-Born-Institut für Nichtlineare Optik und Kurzzeitspektroskopie, Max-Born-Str. 2A, 12489 Berlin, Germany


Heterostructures, Streak cameras, Epitaxy, Quantum wells, Semiconductor device fabrication, Optical properties