Translucent, Inc., a provider of rare-earth-oxide (REO) engineered silicon substrates for low-cost, high-performance epitaxy, announces that it has developed a proprietary GaN-on-Si wafer template with embedded DBR mirrors for application to low-cost LED growth. This structure and the process used to grow it will be explained at the International Conference on Nitride Semiconductors (ICNS-9), Glasgow, Scotland, (July 15 th, 2011) in a special post-deadline paper titled “Integrated High Reflectivity Silicon Substrates for GaN LEDs” (Session LN-2 at 8:30 AM GMT). View a copy of the presentation on our website ( http://www.translucentinc.com/documents/presentation_ICNS9.pdf).
Translucent will report technical details in the development of a 100-mm-diameter wafer that exhibits high reflectivity using a lattice-matched rare-earth-oxide material grown onto a silicon substrate. This structure is capped by a GaN layer that can support further nitride epitaxy for the growth of LED structures. The lattice engineering offered by the rare earth oxide (REO) material system, which is grown epitaxially on silicon (111) substrates, can be utilized to mitigate strain arising during growth of GaN. REO materials further enable highly reflective mirrors embedded in engineered silicon substrates. The new technology is being offered to prospective customers who are ready to grow LEDs on large-diameter wafers.
Translucent’s silicon solution mitigates the need to remove the substrate and the use of handle wafers during subsequent processing. As the LED industry migrates to larger wafer sizes, a one-step epitaxial solution is expected to provide the best path to cost-effective scaling.
With Translucent’s new embedded silicon solution (Mirrored Si™), LEDs can now be grown directly on top of the GaN-on-Si template that includes an embedded DBR mirror, directly lattice matched to the silicon substrate. On top of this DBR mirror is a layer of proprietary patented Rare Earth Oxide (REO), which allows GaN to cap the template and does not require subsequent removal of the substrate.