SOLID STATE LIGHTING (SSL) Cécile Rosset MSc. Environmental Engineering Technische Universität München

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SOLID STATE LIGHTING (SSL) Ccile Rosset MSc. Environmental Engineering Technische Universitt Mnchen Slide 2 History of Lighting 1 Introduction 3 traditional Technologies: Fire Incandescence Fluorescence & High Intensity discharge Oil lamp Incandescent bulbsFluorescent bulbs Slide 3 The fourth lighting technology 1 Introduction Solid: Light emitted by a solid: a piece of semiconductor SSL: Creation of first light emitting diodes ( LED) At that time, LEDs were used for showing the time in an alarm clock or as a battery indicator Slide 4 SSL: a new alternative to other lighting technologies? 1 Introduction Reduced heat generation Use of less power Longer life span World Lighting Pollution Lighting corresponds to 19% of the worldwide energy consumption. Reducing energy consumption by using LEDs will significantly reduce the level of CO 2 emissions, therefore positively impacting climate change Slide 5 Process of emitting Light 2 LED Mechanism n-type & p-type semiconductors are combined in one device. With the application of a voltage between the p-side and the n-side, free electrons from the n-type side go to the p-type side through the junction. When an electron meets a hole, it recombines and thus releases its energy by emitting a photon. Slide 6 Forward-biased pn junction 2 LED Mechanism Holes injected Electrons injected Slide 7 Direct / Indirect bandgap: 2 LED Mechanism LEDs are made of direct bandgap semiconductors with bandgaps corresponding to near infrared, visible, or near ultraviolet light. The minimum of the conduction band lies directly above the maximum of the valence band. Silicon has an indirect bandgap: For the recombinqtion of electrons and holes; the participation of a phonon (or a defect) is needed to conserve momentum Slide 8 2 LED Mechanism Light extraction Snells law: Light is unable to escape at angles greater than defines the solid angle=projection on the surface area Slide 9 2 LED Mechanism Different geometries increasing the extraction of light Slide 10 Wavelentgh and colour 2 LED Mechanism The wavelentgh, and therefore the colour depends on the band gap of the semiconductor material. Red: GaAlAs Blue: InGaN UV: InGaAs Slide 11 2 LED Mechanism UV & blue LEDs For a long time unavailable; relied on blue coating! Colours available: (Blue and white are much harder to obtain) The first blue LED was designed several years ago using SiC BUT: Poor efficiency! 1993: Efficient GaN-based LEDs Today: InGaN-based LEDs, intensity 5x bigger than with GaN An ultraviolet GaN LED Slide 12 White LEDs 2 LED Mechanism Most simple method but not often used nowadays. 1st technique: Found in 1993, when the first blue LED was produced. By juxtaposing at a certain distance blue, red, and green LEDs, white light was obtained. 2nd technique: found in 1996 by Nichia Corp. and Fraunhofer Institut Start with LED with an active layer made of InGaN Cover this structure is covered with a yellow phosphor crystal coating (Ce 3+ :YAG). The LED chip emits blue light, which is converted to yellow light by the phosphor. Luminescence Phosphorescence Slide 13 White LED 2 LED Mechanism 3 kinds of white light, depending on the temperature: 4000-4500 K, Incandescant or warm white 5000-6500 K, Pure white 7000-8000 K, Cool white GaN or InGaN LED Ce:YAG Slide 14 Other techniques of creating white LEDs 2 LED Mechanism Coat near ultra-violet (NUV) with europium-based red and blue emitting phosphors Transfer NUV radiation to visible light via the photoluminescence process in phosphor materials Method less efficient then with the blue LED because of photodegradation of the epoxy resin used in LED packaging. Coat blue LEDs with quantum dots, which absorb the blue light and emit a warm white light. 1. 2. Slide 15 Color temperature and color mixing 2 LED Mechanism CIE diagram of human vision An LED gives a pure monochromatic colour (on the edges of the CIE diagramm) By mixing these colours a new one can be obtained. Slide 16 3 LED Fabrication process LED Growth Growth of a thin layer of semiconductor (InGaN or AlGaInP, depending on the colour we want): For AlGaInP, GaAs substrates are used (typ. diameter 150 mm) For InGaN, SiC substrates (diameter 75 mm) or Al 2 O 3 substrates (diameter 50mm) Further fabrication steps, comparable to silicon device fabrication Slide 17 3 LED Fabrication process Final structure of an GaN-LED: electrical contacts to the p- and n- layers are both on the top surface of the device because of the insulating sapphire substrate. the area of the contact to the p-layer has to be maximized to promote current spreading maximizes light emission and minimizes turn-on voltage and series resistance Because most of the light generated at the junction escapes the device through the top surface the large-area p-contact has to be made as transparent as possible outside the area where electrical bond wires are attached Slide 18 Fabrication process: MOCVD Aim: To reduce the voltage at the operating current Exemple: n- Butyllithium, C 4 H 9 Li MOCVD: metal-organic chemical vapor deposition Chemical process used to grow quantum wells, thus to produce high purity, high performance solid materials Its a CVD process that uses metalorganic source gases (chemical compound containing bonds between carbon and metal) Reduction of dislocation density at the GaN epitaxial surface 4 Towards a better efficiency Slide 19 Quantum efficiency 4 Towards a better efficiency the internal QE of double heterostructure can be greater than 99% Quantum wells are potential wells that confine particles, which were originally free to move in three dimensions, to two dimensions, forcing them to occupy a planar region Double Heterostructure: change in bandgap Slide 20 Lowering the operating temperature: Flip chip 4 Towards a better efficiency Normal LED: Big thermal resistance in thermal conduction path Large amount of heat transferred from active layer through front face of LED and the encapsulating material and then dissipated into the air Flip Chip LED: designed with a thermal conductive submount and metal interconnections to conduct most of the heat through submount Slide 21 4 Towards a better efficency State-of-the-art The present state-of-the-art is 30% external efficiency in AlGaAs-based LEDs, employing a thick transparent semiconductor superstrate, and total substrate etching in a particularly low-loss optical design. Tunability of the final emission spectrum, by controlling the particle size distribution and/or surface chemistry thus white light colour is better Avantages of QDs (CdSe) over phosphor for white light generation quantum efficiency of 76% (in solution) for a blue emission, in GAN led Efficiency of 43% attained with an efficient NUV LED. The device structure consists of an MQW on a lateral epitaxy on a patterned surface and is flip-chip mounted on a silicon substrate. Slide 22 5 Different types of LEDs Organic LED & Polymer LED These are LEDs whose emissive electroluminescent layer is composed of an organic compound or polymer that will luminesce blue, green and red, and are covered with a transluscent material. Advantages: -more easily integrated with other electronic components -it can emit white light intrinsically Problems: degradation in air & easily damaged by exposure to water Slide 23 6 Limiting factors Cost Competitiveness Now, LED prices are 10 times higher than of incandescent light bulbs BUT: Better efficiency and longer lifetime Narrow angle of emission To use LEDs in ambient lighting, multiple LEDs are asembled in a single fixture. This leads to sharp shadows. High quality variation Inexpensive LEDs have inconsistent colour temperature and light output LEDs are currently limited by poor internal quantum and light- extraction efficiency, but photonic crystals offer a potential solution to both problems. Poor Quantum efficiency Slide 24 Good efficiency & durability 7 Perspectives & Advantages LEDs can provide 50 000 hrs of life compared to 1000 hrs with incandescent light bulbs Associated with perfect material and devices, LEDs would require only 3 Watts to generate the light obtained with a 60-Watt incandescent bulb Figure 1. LED vs. conventional light sources degradation in light output over time Slide 25 Good stability Due to their solid state, they can withstand vibrations better and have no filament that might break They are capable of functioning in many environments (except OLEDs!) An experiment made by ilight showed that a LED sign still worked after a blast of shotgun! 7 Perspectives & Advantages Slide 26 Reduction of energy consumption LEDs require less current than incandescent bulbs DDP LED LampIncandescent Bulb 6S6L120-CWX11mA6S6/120V50mA 120PSBL-NWX5.8mA120PSB25mA 387L-X116mA38740mA 1819L-X-CX17mA181940mA Comparison with incandescent bulbs: When cold, an incandescent filament draws ten times as much current as it does during normal operation. The initial powering of hundreds of incandescent bulbs simultaneously causes significant voltage surges that lead to lamp failures. 7 Perspectives & Advantages Slide 27 Reduction of heat emission Less heat emission Lens stays cooler Less energy wasted Room temperature stays cooler, so we dont need further air conditioning Some LED lamps are designed with series resistors to limit the operating current, resulting in no cold filament current variation. 7 Perspectives & Advantages Slide 28 Allows wide variety of lighting Artificial lighting similar to daylight More control of the colour and intensity SSL can be coupled to light pipes Light can be efficiently and flexibly distributed Interesting design possibilities: they can be placed on floors, walls, ceilings or furniture! 7 Perspectives & Advantages Slide 29 White LED: The Future Lighting Technology In the past 6 years: Tremendous gain in energy efficiency, brightness and lifespan Although they are still expensive, they could