Semiconductor Nanowire Light Emitting Diodes Grown on Metal: A Direction towards Large Scale Fabrication of Nanowire Devices

Research paper by A. T. M. Golam Sarwar, Santino D. Carnevale, Fan Yang, Thomas F. Kent, John J. Jamison, David W. McComb, Roberto C. Myers

Indexed on: 11 Jun '15Published on: 11 Jun '15Published in: Physics - Materials Science


Bottom up nanowires are attractive for realizing semiconductor devices with extreme heterostructures because strain relaxation through the nanowire sidewalls allows the combination of highly lattice mismatched materials without creating dislocations. The resulting nanowires are used to fabricate light emitting diodes (LEDs), lasers, solar cells and sensors. However, expensive single crystalline substrates are commonly used as substrates for nanowire heterostructures as well as for epitaxial devices, which limits the manufacturability of nanowire devices. Here, we demonstrate nanowire LEDs directly grown and electrically integrated on metal. Optical and structural measurements reveal high-quality, vertically-aligned GaN nanowires on molybdenum and titanium films. Transmission electron microscopy confirms the composition variation in the polarization-graded AlGaN nanowire LEDs. Blue to green electroluminescence is observed from InGaN quantum well active regions, while GaN active regions exhibit ultraviolet emission. These results demonstrate a pathway for large-scale fabrication of solid state lighting and optoelectronics on metal foils or sheets.