We report a hexagonal GaN nanorod-based two-dimensional photonic crystal (PhC) slab for phosphor-conversion white light emitting devices analyzed by three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain simulation; this slab has a broad reflection band at yellow wavelength with low Fabry-Pérot background at normal incidence. For practical use as a wavelength-selective reflector, a buffer layer under the PhC slab is employed to sustain the nanorods in the PhC slab. However, we observed that the buffer layer placed below the slab destroys the broad reflection band due to evanescent coupling of electromagnetic field in the slab and the buffer layer. By introducing small-sized base pillars between the slab and the buffer layer, we could decouple the interaction between the slab and the buffer layer and maintain the broad reflection band without any unexpected dips. Since this GaN nanorod-based PhC slab is designed for practical light emitting devices by considering dielectric and transparent conducting layers, this structure is directly applicable for developing hybrid white light emitting devices having both an (active) blue-color-emitting nanorod emitters and a (passive) normal reflector of phosphor emission.
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