Optimizing n-type contact design and chip size for high-performance indium gallium nitride/gallium nitride-based thin-film vertical light-emitting diode

Jaecheon Han, Daehee Lee, Boram Jin, Hwanhee Jeong, June O. Song, Tae Yeon Seong

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The effects of the n-contact design and chip size on the electrical, optical and thermal characteristics of thin-film vertical light-emitting diodes (VLEDs) were investigated to optimize GaN-based LED performance for solid-state lighting applications. For the small (chip size: 1000×1000 μm2) and large (1450×1450 μm2) VLEDs, the forward bias voltages are decreased from 3.22 to 3.12 V at 350 mA and from 3.44 to 3.16 V at 700 mA, respectively, as the number of n-contact via holes is increased. The small LEDs give maximum output powers of 651.0-675.4 mW at a drive current of 350 mA, while the large VLEDs show the light output powers in the range 1356.7-1380.2 mW, 700 mA, With increasing drive current, the small chips go through more severe degradation in the wall-plug efficiency than the large chips. The small chips give the junction temperatures in the range 51.1-57.2 °C at 350 mA, while the large chips show the junction temperatures of 83.1-93.0 °C at 700 mA, The small LED chips exhibit lower junction temperatures when equipped with more n-contact via holes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science in Semiconductor Processing
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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