The performance of vertical-structure metallic-substrate GaN-based light-emitting diodes (VM-LEDs) with a patterned SiO2 film as the current-blocking layer (CBL) was investigated. From theoretical calculations of current and light distributions and experimental results on current-voltage (I-V) and light output power-current (L-I) characteristics, we found that SiO2 CBL inserted under the n-pad electrode increases light output power by 35.4% at 20mA as compared with VM-LEDs without CBL. Such an improvement is attributed to the insulated CBL structure, which provides better current spreading and less photon absorption and/or reflection at the n-electrode.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)