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Enhanced optical output power of blue light-emitting diodes with quasi-aligned gold nanoparticles

Yuanhao Jin12, Qunqing Li12*, Guanhong Li12, Mo Chen12, Junku Liu12, Yuan Zou12, Kaili Jiang12 and Shoushan Fan12

Author Affiliations

1 State Key Laboratory of Low-Dimensional Quantum Physics, Department of Physics & Tsinghua-Foxconn Nanotechnology Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China

2 Collaborative Innovation Center of Quantum Matter, Beijing 100084, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:7  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-7

Published: 6 January 2014


The output power of the light from GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs) was enhanced by fabricating gold (Au) nanoparticles on the surface of p-GaN. Quasi-aligned Au nanoparticle arrays were prepared by depositing Au thin film on an aligned suspended carbon nanotube thin film surface and then putting the Au-CNT system on the surface of p-GaN and thermally annealing the sample. The size and position of the Au nanoparticles were confined by the carbon nanotube framework, and no other additional residual Au was distributed on the surface of the p-GaN substrate. The output power of the light from the LEDs with Au nanoparticles was enhanced by 55.3% for an injected current of 100 mA with the electrical property unchanged compared with the conventional planar LEDs. The enhancement may originate from the surface plasmon effect and scattering effect of the Au nanoparticles.

GaN; Light-emitting diodes (LEDs); Au nanoparticles; Carbon nanotube