Micro-Raman spectroscopy: self-heating effects in deep UV light emitting diodes

A Sarua, M Kuball, A Chitnis, JP Zhang, V Adivarahan, M Shatalov, MA Khan

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Ultraviolet light emitting diodes (LED) based on GaN and its ternary alloy AlGaN are key devices for applications such as solid stale white lighting and chemical sensing. Ultraviolet LEDs are prone to self-heating effects, i.e., temperature rises during operation, contributing significantly to the commonly observed saturation of light output power at relatively low input currents. Rather little, however, is known about the actual device temperature of an operating ultraviolet LED. Using micro-Raman spectroscopy temperature measurements were performed as a function of input current on 325nm-Al0.18Ga0.82N/Al0.12Ga0.88N multiple quantum wells LEDs grown on sapphire substrates, flip-chip mounted on SiC for heat-sinking. Temperature maps were recorded over the active device area. Temperature rises of about 65 degreesC were measured at input currents as low as 50mA (at 8V) for 200 mum x 200 mum size LEDs despite flip-chip mounting the devices. Temperature rises at the device edges were found to be higher than in the device center, due to combined heat sinking and current crowding effects. Finite difference heat dissipation simulations were performed and compared to the experimental results.
Translated title of the contributionMicro-Raman spectroscopy: self-heating effects in deep UV light emitting diodes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493 - 498
Number of pages6
JournalMaterial Research Society Symposium Proceedings
Issue numberSymposium L – GaN and Related Alloys
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Bibliographical note

Editors: Wetzel, C; Yu, ET; Speck, JS; Arakawa, Y
ISBN: 155899680X
Publisher: Materials Research Society
Name and Venue of Conference: Symposium on GaN and Related Alloys, MRS Fall Meeting, December 2002, Boston. Mass
Conference Organiser: Materials Research Society

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