Resonant cavity light-emitting diode

E. F. Schubert, Y. H. Wang, A. Y. Cho, L. W. Tu, G. J. Zydzik

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A novel concept of a light-emitting diode (LED) is proposed and demonstrated in which the active region of the device is placed in a resonant optical cavity. As a consequence, the optical emission from the active region is restricted to the modes of the cavity. Resonant cavity light-emitting diodes (RCLED) have higher spectral purity and higher emission intensity as compared to conventional light emitting diodes. Results on a top-emitting RCLED structure with AlAs/AlxGa1-xAs quarter wave mirrors grown by molecular beam epitaxy are presented. The experimental emission linewidth is 17 meV (0.65 kT) at room temperature. The top-emission intensity is a factor of 1.7 higher as compared to conventional LEDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)921-923
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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