The efficiency challenge of nitride light-emitting diodes for lighting


Weisbuch, Claude
Piccardo, Marco
Martinelli, Lucio
Iveland, Justin
Peretti, Jacques
Speck, James S.

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© 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. We discuss the challenges of light-emitting diodes in view of their application to solid-state lighting. The requirement is to at least displace the quite efficient fluorescent, sodium, and high intensity discharge lamps used today in the main energy consuming lighting sectors, industrial, commercial and outdoors, with more efficient and better light quality lamps. We show that both from the point of view of cost of ownership and carbon emissions reduction, the relevant metric is efficiency, more than the cost of lumens. Then, progress from present performance requires identification of the loss mechanisms in light emission from LEDs, and solutions competing with mainstream c-plane LEDS grown on sapphire need to be on par with these. Special attention is devoted to a discussion of the efficiency droop mechanisms, and of a recent direct measurement of Auger generated electrons which appear to be responsible for droop.

Weisbuch C, Piccardo M, Martinelli L, Iveland J, Peretti J, et al. (2015) The efficiency challenge of nitride light-emitting diodes for lighting. physica status solidi (a) 212: 899–913. Available:

The samples were kindly provided by N. Young from UC Santa Barbara, by H. T. Chen, K. M. Chen and S.-C. Huang from Walsin Lihwa (Taiwan) and by J. W. Choi from Seoul Viosys (Korea). This work has been supported by the Center for Energy Efficient Materials (CEEM), an Energy Frontier Research Center. CEEM is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under award No. DE-SC0001009. Additional support has been provided by the Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center at UCSB and by the KACST-KAUST-UCSB Solid State Lighting Program.


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