Size-dependent bandwidth of semipolar (1122) light-emitting-diodes
Dinh, Duc V.
Parbrook, Peter J.
Corbett, Brian M.
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
The limited modulation bandwidth of commercial light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is one of the critical bottlenecks for visible light communications. Possible approaches to increase the bandwidth include the use of micron sized LEDs, which can withstand higher current densities, as well as the use of LED structures that are grown on different crystal planes to the conventional polar c-plane. We compare c-plane InGaN/GaN LEDs with semipolar ( 112¯¯¯2 ) LEDs containing a 4- and 8-nm single quantum well. The modulation bandwidth of semipolar LEDs with active areas varying from 200×200 to 30×30μm2 is shown to be governed by both current density and size. A small signal bandwidth of over 800 MHz for a relatively low applied current density of 385 A/cm2 is reported for 30×30μm2 LEDs with 8-nm thick quantum well. An optical link using an easy non-return-to-zero ON–OFF keying modulation scheme with a data rate of 1.5 Gb/s is demonstrated.
Light emitting diodes , Bandwidth , Current density , Modulation , Frequency response , Radiative recombination , Resistance
Haemmer, M., Roycroft, B., Akhter, M., Dinh, D. V., Quan, Z., Zhao, J., Parbrook, P. J. and Corbett, B. (2018) 'Size-dependent bandwidth of semipolar (1122) light-emitting-diodes', IEEE Photonics Technology Letters, 30(5), pp. 439-442. doi: 10.1109/LPT.2018.2794444