Growing GaN LEDs on amorphous SiC buffer with variable C/Si compositions

Chih Hsien Cheng, An Jye Tzou, Jung Hung Chang, Yu Chieh Chi, Yung Hsiang Lin, Min Hsiung Shih, Chao Kuei Lee, Chih I. Wu, Hao-Chung Kuo, Chun Yen Chang, Gong Ru Lin*

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The epitaxy of high-power gallium nitride (GaN) light-emitting diode (LED) on amorphous silicon carbide (a-SixC1-x) buffer is demonstrated. The a-SixC1-x buffers with different nonstoichiometric C/Si composition ratios are synthesized on SiO2/Si substrate by using a low-temperature plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The GaN LEDs on different SixC1-x buffers exhibit different EL and C-V characteristics because of the extended strain induced interfacial defects. The EL power decays when increasing the Si content of SixC1-x buffer. The C-rich SixC1-x favors the GaN epitaxy and enables the strain relaxation to suppress the probability of Auger recombination. When the SixC1-x buffer changes from Si-rich to C-rich condition, the EL peak wavelengh shifts from 446 nm to 450 nm. Moreover, the uniform distribution contour of EL intensity spreads between the anode and the cathode because the traping density of the interfacial defect gradually reduces. In comparison with the GaN LED grown on Si-rich SixC1-x buffer, the device deposited on C-rich SixC1-x buffer shows a lower turn-on voltage, a higher output power, an external quantum efficiency, and an efficiency droop of 2.48 V, 106 mW, 42.3%, and 7%, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Article number19757
JournalScientific reports
StatePublished - 22 Jan 2016

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