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Multifunctional light escaping architecture inspired by compound eye surface structures: From understanding to experimental demonstration

Young Min Song, Gyeong Cheol Park, Sung Jun Jang, Jong Hoon Ha, Jae Su Yu, and Yong Tak Lee  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue S2, pp. A157-A165 (2011)

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We present bioinspired artificial compound eye surface structures that consist of antireflective subwavelength structures (SWSs) on hexagonally patterned microstructures (MSs), for the purpose of efficient light escaping inside light-emitting materials/devices. Theoretical understanding and geometrical optimization of SWSs on MSs are described together with rigorous coupled-wave analysis. As a proof of this concept, AlGaInP red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with SWS/MSs were fabricated, and a light output power enhancement of 72.47% was achieved as compared to that of conventional LEDs. The artificial compound eye structures are not limited to LEDs, and the fabrication process is compatible with most semiconductor device manufacturing processes; hence, this concept opens up new possibilities for improving the optical performance of various optoelectronic device applications.

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OCIS Codes
(230.3670) Optical devices : Light-emitting diodes
(220.4241) Optical design and fabrication : Nanostructure fabrication
(050.6624) Diffraction and gratings : Subwavelength structures

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Light-Emitting Diodes

Original Manuscript: December 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2011
Published: February 14, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 4 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Young Min Song, Gyeong Cheol Park, Sung Jun Jang, Jong Hoon Ha, Jae Su Yu, and Yong Tak Lee, "Multifunctional light escaping architecture inspired by compound eye surface structures: From understanding to experimental demonstration," Opt. Express 19, A157-A165 (2011)

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