Long-lived visible luminescence of UV LEDs and impact on LED excited time-resolved fluorescence applications

D. Jin*, R. Connally, J. Piper

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Abstract

We report the results of a detailed study of the spectral and temporal properties of visible emission from three different GaN-based ultraviolet (UV) light emitting diodes (UV LEDs). The primary UV emission in the 360-380 nm band decays rapidly (less than 1 νs) following switch-off; however, visible luminescence (470-750 nm) with a decay lifetime of tens of microseconds was observed at approximately 10-4 of the UV intensity. For applications of UV LEDs in time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) employing lanthanide chelates, the visible luminescence from the LEDs competes with the target Eu3+ or Tb3+ fluorescence in both spectral and temporal domains. A UV band-pass filter (Schott UG11 glass) was therefore used to reduce the visible luminescence of the UV LEDs by three orders of magnitude relative to UV output to yield a practical excitation source for TRF.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-465
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physics D: Applied Physics
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2006

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