Photonic Structures for Efficient Light Extraction and Conversion in Multi-Color LEDs

Tech ID: 21913 / UC Case 2005-534-0

Brief Description

Multiple-light source LEDs that provide increased light extraction and conversion efficiencies, as well as increased brightness, while retaining planar structures.

Background

The green-yellow portion of the visible spectrum is still lacking efficiency, while the combination of different colors on a single substrate is very limited with state-of-the-art semiconductors grown by conventional methods. Alternative materials should be used, and phosphors can offer good solutions. There is a need in the art for improving the far-field patterns of the different components of emission that make the color rendering angle-dependent without significantly increasing the size of the device.

Description

Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have developed multiple-light source LEDs that provide increased light extraction and conversion efficiencies, as well as increased brightness, while retaining planar structures. The LEDs contain several emitting species, each providing light emission in a range of wavelengths. Photonic crystals, acting as diffraction gratings, ensure efficient light extraction, efficient excitation of the optically-pumped species, and provide a means for modifying the far-field emission pattern for optimal shape.

Advantages

  • Increased brightness
  • Increased light extraction and conversion efficiencies

Applications

  • Multi-color LEDs

 

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Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Issued Patent 8,227,825 07/24/2012 2005-534
United States Of America Issued Patent 7,768,023 08/03/2010 2005-534
 

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Inventors

  • David, Aurelien J.
  • Diana, Frederic S.
  • Petroff, Pierre M.
  • Weisbuch, Claude C.

Other Information

Keywords

indssl, indled, LED, cenIEE, indfeat

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