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Superluminescent light emitting diodes: the best out of two worlds
Author(s): M. Rossetti; J. Napierala; N. Matuschek; U. Achatz; M. Duelk; C. Vélez; A. Castiglia; N. Grandjean; J. Dorsaz; E. Feltin
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Paper Abstract

Since pico-projectors were starting to become the next electronic "must-have" gadget, the experts were discussing which light-source technology seems to be the best for the existing three major projection approaches for the optical scanning module such as digital light processing, liquid crystal on silica and laser beam steering. Both so-far used light source technologies have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Though laser-based pico-projectors are focus-free and deliver a wider color gamut, their major disadvantages are speckle noise, cost and safety issues. In contrast, projectors based on cheaper Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) as light source are criticized for a lack of brightness and for having limited focus. Superluminescent Light Emitting Diodes (SLEDs) are temporally incoherent and spatially coherent light sources merging in one technology the advantages of both Laser Diodes (LDs) and LEDs. With almost no visible speckle noise, focus-free operation and potentially the same color gamut than LDs, SLEDs could potentially answer the question which light source to use in future projector applications. In this quest for the best light source, we realized visible SLEDs emitting both in the red and blue spectral region. While the technology required for the realization of red emitters is already well established, III-nitride compounds required for blue emission have experienced a major development only in relatively recent times and the technology is still under development. The present paper is a review of the status of development reached for the blue superluminescent diodes based on the GaN material system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 February 2012
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 8252, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XI, 825208 (15 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.912759
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M. Rossetti, Exalos AG (Switzerland)
J. Napierala, Exalos AG (Switzerland)
N. Matuschek, Exalos AG (Switzerland)
U. Achatz, Exalos AG (Switzerland)
M. Duelk, Exalos AG (Switzerland)
C. Vélez, Exalos AG (Switzerland)
A. Castiglia, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
N. Grandjean, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
J. Dorsaz, Novagan (Switzerland)
E. Feltin, Novagan (Switzerland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8252:
MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XI
Harald Schenk; Wibool Piyawattanametha; Wilfried Noell, Editor(s)

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