Analysis of defect-related inhomogeneous electroluminescence in InGaN/GaN QW LEDs

C. X. Ren, B. Rouet-Leduc, J. T. Griffiths, E. Bohacek, M. J. Wallace, P. R. Edwards, M. A. Hopkins, D. W E Allsopp, M. J. Kappers, R. W. Martin, R. A. Oliver

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The inhomogeneous electroluminescence (EL) of InGaN/GaN quantum well light emitting diode structures was investigated in this study. Electroluminescence hyperspectral images showed that inhomogeneities in the form of bright spots exhibited spectrally blue-shifted and broadened emission. Scanning electron microscopy combined with cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) was used to identify hexagonal pits at the centre of approximately 20% of these features. Scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (STEM-EDX) indicated there may be p-doped AlGaN within the active region caused by the presence of the pit. Weak beam dark-field TEM (WBDF-TEM) revealed the presence of bundles of dislocations associated with the pit, suggesting the surface features which cause the inhomogeneous EL may occur at coalescence boundaries, supported by trends in the number of features observed across the wafer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-124
JournalSuperlattices and Microstructures
Early online date26 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016


  • Defect
  • Electroluminescence
  • LED
  • Semiconductor


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