InGaN-GaN and InGaN-AlInGaN multiquantum-well (MQW) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were both fabricated and their optical properties were evaluated by photoluminescence (PL) as well as electroluminescence (EL). We found that the PL peak position of the InGaN-AlInGaN MQW occurs at a much lower wavelength than that of the InGaN-GaN MQW. PL intensity of the InGaN-AlInGaN MQW was also found to be larger. EL intensity of the InGaN-AlInGaN MQW LED was also found to be larger than that of the InGaN-GaN MQW LED under the same amount of injection current. Furthermore, it was found that EL spectrum of the InGaN-AlInGaN MQW LED is less sensitive to the injection current. These observations all suggest that we can improve the properties of nitride-based LEDs by using AlInGaN as the barrier layer.
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