Room temperature blue LED based on p-ZnO/(CdZnO/ZnO) MQWs/ n-ZnO

Vishnu Awasthi, Sushil Kumar Pandey, Shruti Verma, Shaibal Mukherjee

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Blue multiple quantum well light-emitting diodes comprising of p-ZnO/(Cd0.12Zn0.88O/ZnO) multiple quantum wells/n-ZnO were grown on n-Si substrates using dual ion-beam sputtering deposition technique. X-ray diffraction of individual thin films revealed growth preferentially in c-axis direction perpendicular to the substrate. Photoluminescence studies indicated blue emission ~ 440 nm from CdZnO and UV emission ~384 nm arising from ZnO thin films. The LED showed a rectifying current–voltage behavior with a turn-on voltage of ~4.69 V at room temperature. It emanated a room-temperature electroluminescence peak centered at 442 nm, along with shoulder peak at 380 nm in ultra-violet region associated with the recombination in ZnO layers of structure. It was found that with the increase in injection current the blue EL intensity increased and UV emission decreased, leading to improvement in successful radiative recombination in quantum wells. The results indicate prospects of fabrication of ZnO-based blue multiple quantum well LEDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-208
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Luminescence
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The work is partially funded by DST, India (Project No. SR/S3/EECE/0142/2011 dated August 29, 2012) and CSIR, India (Project No. 22/608/12-EMR-II dated November 5, 2012) . The authors are grateful to DIBS and XRD facilities equipped at Sophisticated Instrument Centre at IIT Indore. Prof. Shaibal Mukherjee is thankful to DeitY YFRF, Government of India award.

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© 2016 Elsevier B.V.


  • CdZnO
  • DIBS
  • Light-emitting diode
  • Quantum well


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