, Volume 44, Issue 6, pp 794–800 | Cite as

Mechanism of the GaN LED efficiency falloff with increasing current

  • N. I. Bochkareva
  • V. V. Voronenkov
  • R. I. Gorbunov
  • A. S. Zubrilov
  • Y. S. Lelikov
  • F. E. Latyshev
  • Y. T. Rebane
  • A. I. Tsyuk
  • Y. G. ShreterEmail author
Physics of Semiconductor Devices


The quantum efficiency of GaN LED structures has been studied at various temperatures and biases. It was found that an efficiency falloff is observed with increasing current density and, simultaneously, the tunnel component of the current through the LED grows and the quasi-Fermi levels reach the mobility edge in the InGaN active layer. It is shown that the internal quantum efficiency falloff with increasing current density is due to the carrier leakage from the quantum well as a result of tunnel transitions from its band-tail states to local defect-related energy levels within the energy gaps of the barrier layers.


Barrier Layer Quantum Well Spectral Efficiency External Quantum Efficiency Internal Quantum Efficiency 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. I. Bochkareva
    • 1
  • V. V. Voronenkov
    • 2
  • R. I. Gorbunov
    • 1
  • A. S. Zubrilov
    • 1
  • Y. S. Lelikov
    • 1
  • F. E. Latyshev
    • 3
  • Y. T. Rebane
    • 1
  • A. I. Tsyuk
    • 2
  • Y. G. Shreter
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Ioffe Physicotechnical InstituteRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.St. Petersburg State Polytechnic UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Fock Institute of PhysicsSt. Petersburg State UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia

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