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Simulation and design of core-shell GaN nanowire LEDs
Author(s): B. Connors; M. Povolotskyi; R. Hicks; B. Klein
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Paper Abstract

The high crystalline quality, large junction surface area, and insensitivity to c-axis oriented polarization fields make core-shell doped GaN nanowire p-n junctions exciting prospects for use as LEDs. The LED external efficiency depends upon the spatial distribution of optical recombination within the device, which may be controlled through the use of radial heterojunctions, such as quantum wells and electron blocking layers. In this work, we explore the impact of an axially varying doping profile on the spatial distribution of optical recombination in a GaN nanowire LED. The numerical simulation of the nanowire LED is carried out using the TiberCAD simulation package. This package provides a finite-element-based solution to the drift-diffusion model of a nanowire. Simulations of core-shell nanowire LEDs are performed with various doping profiles to produce variations in the optical recombination distribution throughout the device. In a core-shell device with a uniformly doped n-type core, the current density tends to travel primarily along the core, as the mobility of electrons is much greater than that of holes in GaN devices. The optical recombination is concentrated beneath the p-contact, where most of the current crosses the p-n junction. By properly setting a tapered doping profile in the n-type core, it is possible to increase the uniformity of the optical recombination along the junction. In certain geometries this will increase the emission efficiency of the nanowire LED.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 February 2010
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7597, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVIII, 75970B (25 February 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.842621
Show Author Affiliations
B. Connors, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
M. Povolotskyi, Purdue Univ. (United States)
R. Hicks, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)
B. Klein, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7597:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVIII
Bernd Witzigmann; Fritz Henneberger; Yasuhiko Arakawa; Marek Osinski, Editor(s)

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